Here comes the capped data usage for cable customers?

Posted by Paul Braren on Sep 20 2011 (updated on Feb 7 2012) in
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  • Great article here:
    Stop the Cap!

    Got my copy of that Cox warning letter today.  It appears I'll know what happens next very soon, as you can see from my current usage meter tonight, Sep 20 2011:


    This slippery slope of nagging, which could lead to data caps like we endure for cellular, is mostly just bad. It will stifle innovation. And hinder the ability to produce (not just consume) from home. Not to mention what this does to streaming services households, making "cutting the cord" a whole lot harder.

    I understand the need to secure open WiFi and other abuses, but if this leads to overage charges for legitimate uses, wow, then this is a big deal.

    Time to shop for a non-cable (no conflict of interest) provider.  Hmm, wait, I don't have any other reasonable choices. I look forward to hearing how Kansas City citizens fare with Google's gigabit internet.

    Why does it feel like the late 90's again, where my home's ISDN was metered by the minute?  That is, until the 3Com ISDN LAN Modem 3C892 came along in 1999 with Tollmizer "data over voice" trickery. So, we're going to have to invent devices that allow us to use data over the cable company's VOIP lines (also known as a 56K modem), to avoid data overages?  C'mon.

    Sep 26 2011 Update:

    over the past week, 1 attempt to see my usage showed I had gone slightly over, then the next 2 attempts failed, including tonight, resulting in this message:
    _"We're sorry. Your data usage information is unavailable at this time. Please try again later."


    Sep 27 2011 Update:

    To be fair, nothing is enforced yet, and I haven't been contacted, here's the Data Usage Allowances FAQs where it says:  What happens if I go over my monthly data usage allowed by Cox?

    Cox notifies customers if they exceed their data usage allowance -- and works with them proactively to resolve the problem. In some cases, customers do not even know they are exceeding the allowance because their computers are infected with a virus that is spewing spam or otherwise consuming data. In others, customers choose to reduce their data consumption or select a different Cox High Speed Internet package that better fits their needs.

    Feb 07 2012 Update:

    Nothing official email or mail warnings have arrived that I've noticed, yet, but now I am routinely getting this:


    The Data Usage Allowances FAQs still doesn't really explain what I'd do about this, other than be sure no Trojans have infected my PCs. That is good advice.

    But I don't have any Trojans. It's simply because my household is streaming more these days, legitimate paid-for Netflix and other advertiser-funded streaming services.
    And the next plan up that they'll want to sell me on is nearly twice the cost.