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Bandwidth caps coming for Frontier customers?

Bandwidth caps coming for Frontier customers?

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Copper Contributor
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Hang on to your hats folks, this is about to get interesting....

 

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Frontier-Users-Facing-New-100-250-GB-Caps-107885

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"A reasonable amount of usage is defined as 5GB combined upload and download consumption during the course of a 30-day billing period."

 

5? Seriously? FIVE?! I don't know who is coming up with their figures, but they obviously didn't factor in gamers/internet-movie-watchers. Granted they're not threatening to charge until you get over 100, but still. I would certainly hope that figure gets re-evaluated right quick and in a hurry.

 

Also, those fees are ridiculous.

 

Thank goodness I'm in Texas, where Verizon is staying Verizon. My WoW and Hulu are safe. (For now. *insert ominous music here*)

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@somegirl wrote:

"A reasonable amount of usage is defined as 5GB combined upload and download consumption during the course of a 30-day billing period."

 

5? Seriously? FIVE?! I don't know who is coming up with their figures, but they obviously didn't factor in gamers/internet-movie-watchers. Granted they're not threatening to charge until you get over 100, but still. I would certainly hope that figure gets re-evaluated right quick and in a hurry.

 

Also, those fees are ridiculous.

 

Thank goodness I'm in Texas, where Verizon is staying Verizon. My WoW and Hulu are safe. (For now. *insert ominous music here*)


Really. Just downloading a DVD quality movie will exceed that amount. Most DVD movies are in the 7GB range. And what of a HD movie. Many BluRay movies are in the 20GB range. (of course how many download movies in this quailty but it still works as a comparison). So they are saying, download one movie this month and you are over your limit.

 

But I wouldnt worry too much about it (maybe a little). Everytime an ISP has tried to enforce the cap, it not only failed, it failed spectacularly. Last time it was Time Warner and Comcast before that. It was a customer relations nightmare for them. I'm VERY suprised that another ISP would even attempt it after what happened with Comcast and their loss of all those customers that switched ISP's over it.




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If they try and cap Fios I'm done with the service. I emailed Frontier about the aquistion and below is their response. For some reason the internet side of Fios slipped my mind and I didn't ask any questions. Maybe I will email the guy back and fire off some questions.

 

Dear Mr. (blanked out):

Thank you very much for your inquiry and I apologize for responding to you so later.  Regarding the FiOS services in the Portland area, we are very excited about the opportunity of providing service to you and look forward to the transition in the second quarter of 2010.

Our plans are to replicate the programming that you are receiving today, including the local broadcast signals and the Comcast regional sports network. Our teams are busily securing the content rights for the programming as we speak. We will be acquiring all of the systems and employees serving your area and expect the change in ownership to be seamless to customers.

The FiOS technology is good and we have no plans to change the systems or lines coming into your home nor to compress the signals. Cable companies must compress their HD stations because they have limited bandwidth. With the fiber to the home technology, there is ample bandwidth available and we would not alter the delivery system that you are using today.

We will be delighted to have you as a FiOS customer! Please feel free to contact us should you have additional questions in the future. We will provide you with information about all of our products and services as we get closer to the time when Frontier will become your provider so that you will know all of the choices that are available to you. We do intend to honor existing customer contracts and will not be increasing customer rates. Thank you again for contacting us.

Sincerely,

Steve (blanked out)



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