I have a question about the practice of ISPs limiting the amount of data downloaded, oddly enough called bandwidth caps (not a very accurate name).
Does this cap refer to just downloaded programs, apps, music/video media and stuff? Bittorrent and similar downloading?
Or does it apply to EVERYTHING; every bit of data that comes down the pipe into your computer... like for every web page you load, every online video you watch (without actually downloading it to your system, as in YouTube), every picture you view on a website? Video game packets? What about purchased mp3 music downloaded from amazon.com or Apple?
What I'm getting at is, how does the cap affect online gaming and the data packets that get sent/received? And more importantly, how does the cap affect streaming movies from Netflix or Blockbuster, not actually downloading them for keeps like when downloading via bittorrent?
So, if I play MMORPGs and watch Netflix on my computer or streamed to my networked video box onto the TV, how much can I play or watch before hitting a maximum and either being barred or charged for overuse? I don't do bittorrent or download much music, but I do want to take advantage of games and movies and I purchase the occasional mp3 from various sites. I just don't do the wholesale downloads of GBytes of movies and mp3.
I don't want to pay for "unlimited play" on MMORPGs or "unlimited video" from Netflix, if I'm going to get slammed by my ISP for actually trying to USE that "unlimited" privilege.