Why Internet Data Caps SUCK the life out of you and your wallet

The times have sure changed for the longest time only Desktop Computers used the internet. You had dial-up, and then cable modems started to roll out. I grew up in the age of AOL and AIM, which now these days kids don’t know anything about. You had box phones, car phones, landlines, and brick-sized cell phones were just coming out. If you had a laptop, you were the luckiest person in the world.

Now a HUGE chunk of the items in your home uses the internet in one way or another. With all these devices, how can you have data caps to suck more money out of customers. 

 
  • Phones
  • TV’s
  • Tablets
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Streaming Box
  • Smart Assistants
  • Doorbells
  • Fridge
  • Ebooks
  • Glasses
  • Air Cleaners
  • Freezer
  • Pacemakers
  • Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Headphones
  • Cars/Trucks/Busses/Trains/Airplanes
  • Xbox
  • PlayStation
  • Alarm Systems
  • Watches
  • Fitness equipment
  • Smoke/CO detectors
  • Heat detectors
  • Printers
  • Soundbars
  • Fans
  • Kids Toys
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Light Switches
  • Crockpot
  • Grills
  • Thermostats
  • Outlets
  • Plugs
  • Coffee Makers
  • Washer
  • Vents
  • Dryer
  • Light bulbs
  • Speakers
  • Cameras
  • Clocks
  • Christmas trees
  • Garage Doors
  • Door Locks
  • Fans
  • Showers
  • Faucets
  • Blood presser machines
  • Scales
  • Baby Monitors
  • Heaters
  • Dog Collars 
  • A LOT MORE ITEMS

Internet Providers want to take more of your hard-earned money. From my understanding of how the Worldwide Webs work, Providers lease a fiber trunk and pay $XX.XXX a month for its use. They don’t have data caps on it, and they have full access to the size they lease. It all comes down to greed and profit. This is also how cell phone providers operate with throttling and data caps.

For Example, Rob's Internet Service leases a 10gig fiber trunk for $10,000 a month. I get ten gig upload speed and ten gig download speed to do whatever I want with — no data caps from the provider and no bandwidth throttling. Internet providers want to make as much off that one fiber trunk as they can before adding the other one. They will throttle your download and upload speeds to accomplish that and charge you for going over data caps they set.

Throttling

  • Slowing down the speed to ease the load on their servers
  • Slowing down the speed for some sites
  • Slowing down the speed for heavy data users, so they have to upgrade
  • A way for them to save money
  • Slowing down the speed when everyone is using the internet

Data Caps

  • Satellite providers will do data caps as they have a fixed amount of data that can be given out at one time to many users. I can understand why they would need to do data caps.
  • Soft Caps- they lower your speed to a ¼ of what it usually is and block streaming, and other big data use applications
  • Hard Caps- when you reach a limit, they A. will turn you off or B. charge you for overages

What I have for service

I have Comcast's 1 Gig Down and 35 Meg Up, and I’m lucky if I get 400 meg down and 15 Meg up. All in at $115.00 a month with unlimited data. I have Gigabit switches, Cat6 cabling, and Netgear Orbi WiFi but still, get slow speeds.

Who likes to nickel and dime their customers and who doesn't

Comcast- 1 TB, $10 for every 50Gig you go over, has a CAP at $200 extra a month max. I did get a $200 overage fee onetime, but then I added unlimited data for $50 plus a month. That was a shock; let me tell you.

AT&T- 1 TB $10 for every 50Gig you go over has a CAP at $100 extra a month max.

Verizon FIOS- Unlimited but they watch it to see if you are abusing it

Spectrum Internet- Unlimited

WOW! Internet- Unlimited

Things that will kill your Data Fast

  • Games love to have Huge patches and will eat your data fast
  • Steam will eat your data FAST
  • Buy games online and download the full game to your Xbox or PlayStation will eat your data fast
  • Rouge Apps or devices pulling down massive amounts of data
  • If you work from home and do web design or database design, you can eat a lot of data quick by moving files back and forth.

Most internet providers want to make as much money as they can by offering as little as they can. They really want you to move up to the next service level, which will cost more. I would love to get Comcast 2 Gig Fiber, but I don’t want to pay the $1,000+ install fee or $199.00 a month for the service. I would have to update all my switches to 10 gigs, put ten gig network cards in all my systems and update all my cabling for cat8 to get full use of the speed. I priced it would, and it would be an $8,500 expanse for me on top of the install cost and monthly fees.

The price of the Internet is only going to keep going up, and more devices will be using the internet in the future. When will providers quick nickel and diming us as our state does? I live in the most corrupt state in the country Illinois. You get taxed to death, and after you die, you still get taxed as they forget your six feet underground.

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