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Open Discussion High Speed Download Limits

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by NOLABASS, Jan 14, 2003.



    Oct 16, 2002
    New Orleans
    Hey folks, Just read an article here in NOLA saying our local cable high speed connector (COX Communications) is now limiting the amount you can download and upload. If you exceed that set limit, you may loose service. You can download 2GB a day, or 30GB a month, and upload 1GB a day, and 1GB per day, and 7.5GB a month. COX states that they are not targeting users of peer-to-peer file sharing applications, but their "Byte Cap FAQ" includes step by step instructions on how to turn off sharing in thirteen different P2P applications. I'm not condoning or condemning file sharing, I'm more interested in what that implies if say in the future I want to upload and sell my CD, or Artwork, Or what ever I'm trying to distribute without a label deal.
    Here in NOLA, the local music scene seems to be very wise about the net. Here you can record locally, print and master locally, set up a sight to sell, get airplay on WWOZ.org world wide, release your product right before Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. And your selling sending your stuff worldwide. Really it can be done with a great deal of success. There is not a great requirement to sign a deal or get discovered.
    Soon, and very soon, we all will be buying and selling via a highspeed connection. This concerns me a little, in that there is no discloser from COX on the contract or anywhere else for that matter. It only come under their "Acceptable Use Policy." Kinda slipping this one in quietly. Any thoughts?
  2. Well, the only non-constructive addition i can write is that here in Ireland, we are subjected to a monthly fee of $109 for our 256/128 adsl. With a download cap of 3GB per month. Going over the cap incurs a penalty fee of 3c per MB. Of course this only applies to those exchanges that have been dsl-enabled, my exchange being one of the very rural ones that might be upgraded by 2004.

    Count yourself lucky, 2GB down/1GB up per day is nothing to complain about.
  3. I can't imagine DLing 2 gigs a day.


    Oct 16, 2002
    New Orleans
    I thought when I paid for full access, it meant full access. But I guess its the same as the phone company charging for excessive use. But the way I'm reading this, you can't pay for exccessive download/upload time, you just can't go over the CAP. If you do, you run the risk of losing services. That would cause a problem if I were selling 100 CD uploads after Jazz Fest and couldn't because of a CAP. And it appears nobody is going to know this until after they have service from COX Communications. I think the article was pointing out a limitation that isn't being disclosed in the selling process. Do you think this is a way to introduce metered internet service here in the states?


    Oct 16, 2002
    New Orleans
    Your right, 2GB is a lot now, but a coupla DVDs could get close now. Wait till we start doing all our DVD rentals with Blockbuster and downloading all the music we listen too, TV too. All kinds of stuff to download. More importaantly, downloading scratch tracks, uploading my bass tracks to Nashville, or beyond. Remote recording will be a blast, cutting tracks amongst ourselfs. Music is on the edge of a great serge I hope due to all this possibility.
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I would buy space on some other server, allow downloads from that if I were near 3 gb a day. I do think they are going for metered service though. I imagine the cable companies will try to squeeze every cent they can. As an industry which requires constant smackdowns from the gov, nothing they do would surprise me. (before anyone gets in an uproar: yes I do believe they should be allowed to make money, but they need to play by some rules when they are the only game in town.)
  7. this is the kind of BS that happens with legal monopolies.
  8. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    I'm still in the magically land of Dailup

  9. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    what will happen to me? I download about 5gb a day :(

  10. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Do you really need THAT much porn? ;)

    I'm a dial-up user(loser) the cable company promised us cable modem before christmas...but its been nearly 4 weeks since then and they still have not gotten us cable modem....though they did rip up the street a few days ago, so they are definatly working on it. The annoying thing was they wired almost every other house on the street correctly, but for some reason ****ed up on ours, which means they need to dig a trench in the street run a new wire to our house and then we'll have it.

    DVDs are already way beyond 2GB...if you were trying to upload or download a DVD then you would need 5 GB(well its actually like 4.2 or whatever...but whatever)
    I agree with NOLA, that we are going to see a huge surge of bandwidth usage....as broadband gets more wide spread and faster(100 mbs...etc) when people are actually capable of downloading whole dvds we will see a new age of piracy....dvd burners are young, but in a few years will be buring very very fast, blue disc might slow things down a bit(legacy dvd...roughly 30 gb storage) but its only a matter of time then....data transfer is a crazy thing.


    Oct 16, 2002
    New Orleans
    By the way I read this you would get 4-5 warnings and then lose service.