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Old March 25th, 2004
Join Date: March 25th, 2004
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Adirondack is flying high
Angry HELP! Extra Bandwidth - Overcharged

My ISP seems to overcharge my bill saying I am using extra bandwidth? How do I stop this from it something to do with limewire??

I use DSL with 256k up and down.

I need some serious help or else I wont be able to use Limewire no more.

On my ISP Page they say this:

*Monthly Charge includes the following:

• Unlimited Internet access (3 Gb per month transfer)
• Free software including Web browser
• 5 E-mail boxes (additional mail boxes available)
• 10 mb storage space for personal web hosting
• Usenet News – Access to thousands of news groups
• Free technical support
• Additional $5 per month per 500 mbs of transfer

But how do I know if I go over 500mbs of transfer or 3gb per month transer and what do those things mean?

Last edited by Adirondack; March 25th, 2004 at 07:54 AM.
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Old March 26th, 2004
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Interesting that Unlimited is actually defined as 3Gb !!!
Puts a whole new meaning on language, huh ?

Now, what's some creep, like what me is, supposed to do with an ISP like what they is ???
With an average 1Gb in only Uploads every day, these *******s would own me before the end of the first week !!!

Adirondack... I sure do hope they send someone around to kiss you whenever you pay the bill...
I mean, it's only polite to give a little kiss before screwing someone, huh ?
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Old March 26th, 2004
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3 GB (typo?)--my ISP is saying 30GB/ month, but they don't really call until 60-70GB/month. It's not yet written policy, but the issue of "unlimited" in the advertising was argued on Slashdot a few months back and it seemed to say that the Terms of Service of most ISP's do allow for such unwritten changes. Looks like more and more ISP's will be trying this to curb bandwidth peaks. Since my ISP is a community organization I am willingly cooperating for now (they think they have the same problem with 'abusive' clients that gnutella does) and I hope we can develop a fair use policy. If I find out that individuals are being sacrificed as a token way to cater to corporate demands--especially spam--then that will be a very different story.

So--to self-regulate: I leave 1 machine on that runs 24/7 as an UP and shares just a few select files. That uses up about 600MB/day. Then I let my machine with the bulk of my shares run up close to 1 GB on the weekends or maybe for few hours per weekday. If I need to run up the total when beta-testing, I call the help desk and make sure they add a note to my file that my usage is going to be higher for a while. Then when they call I ask them to call up my file and read the note. I'll see if this works--so far it has, and they also are learning that gnutella is being used for legitimate reasons. We've got to convince the ISP's that our use is as valid if not better than the corporate pressures that want us to pay for their infrastructure and marketing pitches, or for PC's that are used for M$ viral promotion [note to self--stop this! repetitive rant--stop!]

But if the kids are busy--aargh! And my ISP just announced they've increased the speeds:--for the same cost (~CDN$ 30.00/month). I now get 5 MB/s downloads, and 1 MB/s up. I used up my daily allowance very quickly just testing--I'd never seen 600KB/s internet downloads before. LOL--Maybe I'll have to ask for one of the older cablemodems that they don't log!
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