Precious bandwidth. Many Internet Service providers try anything in their power to limit the monthly bandwidth of their customers who are on an unlimited or flatrate plan.
If you are on a plan without limitation in regards to bandwidth, you may still run into hurdles, for instance when providers start to throttle bandwidth or implement traffic shaping.
The webhosting world has marched to the same tune for a very long time. One company seems to be at the center of the battle.
The name of the company is Comcast; Comcast announced recently that it will limit the monthly bandwidth usage of all of the company's customers to 250 Gigabytes per month starting from October 1. Comcast did contact customers who did break that limit in the past asking them to reduce their bandwidth usage; customers who did not comply would find their accounts suspended as a reaction to that.
Starting from October 1, customers who go beyond the 250 Gigabyte limit will receive a notification about their monthly bandwidth usage and a clear message that their account will be suspended if they go over the limit again in the next six months.
That leads to the question: how much bandwidth do you need? Would you be able to stay under the 250 Gigabyte limit? I honestly have to answer that I won't be able to stay under the limit. While 250 Gigabytes do seem a lot it becomes less if you divide it by the days of the month. A little bit more than 8 Gigabytes per day are available to the user.
A single daily backup file of Ghacks has a size of 8 Gigabytes. If the limitation is enforced, I would not be able to download the image each day anymore.
If you watch high definition content on the Internet you will reach that limit easily. If you download videos, DVDs or use P2P you will also reach that limit. If you stream a lot of videos or audio, you may too. A lot of users will reach that limit, not only P2P users which anyone would suggest to be the only affected users.
So, how much bandwidth do you need per day / month?
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