Shane Gassner 
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Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

I will be attending the first one and plan to inquire their reasoning behind Data Caps.

I've heard defenses such as it assures that others with have bandwidth and ensures fair use... but that's a load of BS. If I can get my top speed consistently during peak hours of use.. then there is no reason that I cannot maintain and bandwidth usage of that speed or close to it every night and day when there are people sleeping or at work and thus usage is even less in demand.

Internet access is not a supply and demand structure, its cost doesn't wax or wane depending on how much is produced. It costs the company a set cost whether I use 500GB or 500TB. They give me a cap speed of [255Mbps](http://speedof.me/show.php?img=161221150654-1772.png) (This was tested at 8AM, but the speeds are reliable and consistent) which resolves to 31.8 MB per second. For the sake of easy math and benefit of doubt, I'll use 25MB for my example. There are 3,600 seconds in an hour and if I was to maintain my bandwidth at a constant 25MB for an entire hour I would consume ~90GB. That is 9% of my monthly limit of 1TB in a single hour. AND that is JUST downloading, not counting data uploaded (backups, YouTube, streaming, gaming, family photos to Facebook). Yes, the average person or young couple are not likely to utilize even close to that much data, in fact, according to [Comcast help and support](https://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/data-usage-average-network-usage) the median Xfinity customer data usage for August was 75GB. I could do that in an hour. I could do well over that in a day. I have.

Lets look at [Netflix](https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87), A single HD 1080p stream of Netflix can be up to 3GB per hour. a consistent and never more than 2-3 hours per night for a household of two would build to a monthly total of 270GB. Lets add a teenager in the house. Likely not watching the same shows as their parents and likely watching more Netflix than 2-3 hours a day. Lets assume 4-5 hours per day. That is another 450GB. Netflix alone for this family would already be 720GB of their monthly internet allotment. Or 72%.

Back in 2013 at the release of the Xbox One and the PS4 the size of the [average AAA game was 30-50GB](http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2013/10/31/how-many-games-can-you-fit-on-a-ps4-or-xbox-one-hard-drive/#1f7799914eea). We can use the median of 40GB for this example, not accounting for patches or DLC/expansions, it would be safe to assume a game or two would be downloaded each month as well. There is another 80GB.

YouTube. On your computer you can watch YouTube in 1080p, and this can use up to 66.63MB/minute, to a total of 3,998.06 MB per hour. Or about 4GB. Per hour of YouTube. Listening to YouTube red? 4GB per hour. Watching videos? 4GB per hour.

You can see how fast this will also add up to the already 800GB used data. And that was just a single couple with a single child. Lets keep in mind that in today's society of always on always connected we are getting pulled into more websites and more videos and pictures with our friends. We are uploading and share and seeing more about everyone around us. Oh... and Comcast/Xfinity now allows us to watch and use Netflix right on our cable box. That's great of them right? What they don't tell you is that it counts against your data and shows up on your account as its own router except the Make and model is "unavailable".

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I guess this kinda turned into a rant, but the point is there. They claim that there is a cap to allow equal usage of all customers... but if I can blow through my 1Tb in a day... did I impact other users? Are other users in a better position than they were when I was using my internet? When I know what speed is available in my neighborhood, and I know they have a speed cap on my neighbor to keep him at a lower speed, and my speed isn't even promised but claimed as UP TO*... how is a cap benefiting anyone other than Comcast charging me more? The hardware is in place, it costs them nothing more if I use 100GB a day or 10GB a day.


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Just did the math, If I was to keep my internet capped at 25MB per second for 30 days I would utilize 64,800GB. or 64.8TB. almost 65x my cap. However... to avoid going over I would have to take my speed and personally cap it to .384MB per second (1/65th of the 25MB). That's only 1.384 GB per hour. I am effectively given speed 65X what it would take to go over if run 24/7. Instead, the speed I am given, I am able to go over my internet in 11.1 hours. There are 720 hours in a month per occupant in the household. Presume a 40 hour work week for the two adults (320 hours out of the combined 1440) hours, and assuming a 8 hour a night sleep schedule another 480 hours out of the 1440 combines hours that leaves 640 hours of possible internet use. We can toss 3 hours of daily travel time leaving us with 580 hours possible time. But only 11.1 needed to hit the cap. Add in a teenager and the numbers become even more likely to hit that data cap because the usage goes up but the allotment doesn't. 2 kids. Friends. Family.

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As data usage grows, our dependency on that data will also grow, and at the current rate, it will be only a year or two before we are watching our home data usage just as much as we are our mobile data usage, with just as costly of fees for going over, except Xfinity will raise their hands and say "the cap has been there for years, we didn't change anything, you changed".

Everything is connected now, everything uses data, and we are charged as if data is a limited resource...

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Posted by Shane Gassner on 12/21/2016 at 9:01 AM

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