Customers could pay more as internet data usage increases dramatically

midian182

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that households are increasingly using more bandwidth, and it’s mostly due to the rise of video streaming sites and the popularity of 4K devices. Unfortunately, this will likely mean everyday users are forced to pay more, thanks to data cap limits.

As noted by Motherboard, Cisco’s 2018 Visual Networking Index predicts that global IP traffic will increase to 396 exabytes per month by 2022, which is more traffic than has crossed global networks throughout the entire history of the internet to date. A major contributor to this rise is the proliferation of 4K devices and the amount of UHD content being streamed to them.

Cisco says that throughout 2017, video made up 75 percent of global internet traffic—a 63 percent increase compared to 2015. By 2022, it’s expected to hit 82 percent, 22 percent of which will be 4K content.

With several ISPs allocating data caps and charging customers who exceed these limits, many users will likely start paying more for their internet. It had been claimed that these caps were necessary to prevent congestion, but we know this isn’t true. Even Comcast now says the limits are there in the interests of “fairness,” or to put it another way: it just wants more money. Most data caps are set at 1 TB per month, with companies charging an average of $10 for every 50 GB over that amount.

“Usage caps on wired broadband connections have always been a joke,” Matt Wood, Policy Director for consumer advocacy group Free Press told Motherboard. “ISPs have admitted repeatedly that they do not address any real network management problem, and they couldn't.”

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Humza

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Slightly unrelated (and a bit lazy) question: How many inches must a tv/monitor be so that 4k content is noticeably different from 1440p or 1080p? I currently have a 32" Sony Tv and that's totally fine at 1080p.
 

Richard M

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Slightly unrelated (and a bit lazy) question: How many inches must a tv/monitor be so that 4k content is noticeably different from 1440p or 1080p? I currently have a 32" Sony Tv and that's totally fine at 1080p.
It depends on how close to the TV you are as well as the size of the TV. There are a few charts out there that show whether getting a higher resolution is worth doing or not. I found this one pretty quickly.

https://I.rtings.com/images/optimal-viewing-distance-television-graph-size.png
 

Toju Mikie

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Slightly unrelated (and a bit lazy) question: How many inches must a tv/monitor be so that 4k content is noticeably different from 1440p or 1080p? I currently have a 32" Sony Tv and that's totally fine at 1080p.
I have a 15 inch 4k laptop and also a 27 inch 10-bit 4k monitor and there are very noticeable improvements. Main thing I notice is text being a lot smoother, but I am sitting close to the screens
 
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kira setsu

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Wow you guys in the USA are getting shafted by Internet providers really hard. It's like living in the Stone Age over there.

Here in Spain I pay 30EUR/month ($34) for 600Mbps/600Mbps optical fiber. No data limits of any kind of course.
that's the american way, didn't you know?

Just quietly getting reamed by gigantic companies as the govt protects them and points the finger at the lil guy for being suspicious about it, american as apple pie
 

OutlawCecil

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Word of warning to all: Cable companies are not stupid. They won't immediately raise prices because Net Neutrality is out the door. They will find a reason that is half way understandable and blame price hikes on that.

Today... "Customers could pay more as internet data usage increases dramatically"

Hmm so the bandwidth caps are suddenly meaningless somehow so they need to charge more from ALL their customers and not just ones who use a ton of bandwidth?
 

Slappy McPhee

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Well I am glad that I have the ISP I do, that I have fiber, and that I have no data cap. I don't stream any 4k for the most part as of yet and I still consume 10+TB a month easily.
 
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ShagnWagn

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Slightly unrelated (and a bit lazy) question: How many inches must a tv/monitor be so that 4k content is noticeably different from 1440p or 1080p? I currently have a 32" Sony Tv and that's totally fine at 1080p.
It depends on how close to the TV you are as well as the size of the TV. There are a few charts out there that show whether getting a higher resolution is worth doing or not. I found this one pretty quickly.

https://I.rtings.com/images/optimal-viewing-distance-television-graph-size.png
That is a nice chart, but the biggest factor is your eyesight. As I had 20/12 vision, I could see the pixels on my 60" 1080p plasma at 10 feet. People would get furious and red in the face trying to argue with me. Whatever.

Data caps are artificial. It basically means they didn't plan nor build the infrastructure to withstand the bandwidth they are selling. If I can't always use the speed you sold me, then don't rip me off. False advertisement. That's like advertising 2000GB speeds where you can download a monthly 500GB cap in a couple hours. I am so glad I have fiber with no cap. It's the way it should be.
 
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BobHome

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Here's what I don't understand:
We had cable TV until last month, then switched to Roku and streaming the same shows from the same networks over the same cable that our cable TV shows came in on (streamed in on?).

So I am no longer 'streaming' cable TV from my provider over their cable, but I am using that same cable to 'stream' Hulu, YouTube, Philo, etc. It's kind of like driving on the same highway, but with a different car.

Am I really using more data bandwidth using a Roku device than using a cable box? I think I am using less since I limit the Roku to 720p.

???
 
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Godel

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Slightly unrelated (and a bit lazy) question: How many inches must a tv/monitor be so that 4k content is noticeably different from 1440p or 1080p? I currently have a 32" Sony Tv and that's totally fine at 1080p.
If you've got a 32 inch TV then you only need a 720p resolution for a viewing distance over 6 feet or so. Although I have been known to walk up close to a screen to see the finer details of something or read on-screen text.
 
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ZipperBoi

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Slightly unrelated (and a bit lazy) question: How many inches must a tv/monitor be so that 4k content is noticeably different from 1440p or 1080p? I currently have a 32" Sony Tv and that's totally fine at 1080p.
Go to the 8k article that was posted on here to get the full force of knowledge that is TechSpot commenters.
 
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Knot Schure

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Wow you guys in the USA are getting shafted by Internet providers really hard. It's like living in the Stone Age over there.

Here in Spain I pay 30EUR/month ($34) for 600Mbps/600Mbps optical fiber. No data limits of any kind of course.
My Thailand fiber connection is 1,200 THB/ month (32EUR), about 600 down, and 100 up, but the down varies greatly.

Its supposed to be 200 down, but I've seen 600 a few times, and I've speedtest to prove it.
 
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Ryan Barrett

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Semi related: WIth 4K streaming on several devices available now, how are we still at the point where broadcast tv and cable don't even broadcast in 1080p (most still broadcast in 1080i or 720p (sports) They are so behind on the technological forefront. Unless this has changed in the last year or so and I'm unaware. The picture quality hasn't seemed to change for me though.