Comcast usage price increase.

Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by mrbud, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. mrbud


    Just received this today.

    Dear Comcast High-Speed Internet Customer,

    We appreciate your business and strive to provide you with the best online experience possible. One of the ways we do this is through our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). The AUP outlines acceptable use of our service as well as steps we take to protect our customers from things that can negatively impact their experience online. This policy has been in place for many years and we update it periodically to keep it current with our customers' use of our service.

    On October 1, 2008, we will post an updated AUP that will go into effect at that time.

    In the updated AUP, we clarify that monthly data (or bandwidth) usage of more than 250 Gigabytes (GB) is the specific threshold that defines excessive use of our service. We have an excessive use policy because a fraction of one percent of our customers use such a disproportionate amount of bandwidth every month that they may degrade the online experience of other customers.

    250 GB/month is an extremely large amount of bandwidth and it's very likely that your monthly data usage doesn't even come close to that amount. In fact, the threshold is approximately 100 times greater than the typical or median residential customer usage, which is 2 to 3 GB/month. To put it in perspective, to reach 250 GB of data usage in one month a customer would have to do any one of the following:

    * Send more than 50 million plain text emails (at 5 KB/email);
    * Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song); or
    * Download 125 standard definition movies (at 2 GB/movie).

    And online gamers should know that even the heaviest multi- or single-player gaming activity would not typically come close to this threshold over the course of a month.

    In addition to modifying the excessive use policy, the updated AUP contains other clarifications of terms concerning reporting violations, newsgroups, and network management. To read some helpful FAQs, please visit

    Thank you again for choosing Comcast as your high-speed Internet provider.
  2. Catoosa


    It is old news. Comcast is just now getting around to sending out the notice. This could be a problem for me running TWS and QuoteTracker for 5 days a week.
  3. Catoosa


    Good News From QuoteTracker: QuoteTracker contacted me to let me know that running IB's TWS and QuoteTracker at the same time all day on every market day will not come close to triggering an over usage notification from Comcast..
  4. They aren't doing it here in Denver I just asked, thank goodness. I don't know how much I use, but I have been using skype with web cam to relatives a lot.
  5. jtnet


    tick data all day is like less than 20mb relax
  6. Comcast is horrible....just wait all customers in Chicago are getting notices that rates are going up. It's about time we get some other people in this market to compete with Comshit.......
  7. 250 GB/month is a megabit per second if you use the service 24x7. Your retail trading platform will use a fraction of that bandwidth. If you want more bandwidth, get the business service, which I think is $100/month. I think the AUP is mostly to guard against people turning their PC's into peer-to-peer servers, which really chews up bandwidth as the rest of the world uploads and downloads movies to it.