Comcast will cap your use

Those of you that are using Comcast as your ISP may have heard that Comcast is taking the unusual step of limiting your usage.  Not surprisingly, they are being rather vague about just when they’ll do it and what the cap might be.  And of course, they won’t limit you – they’ll just charge more if you use more than the base amount of date.

Sources say that Comcast has already started doing this in some of their market areas – not surprisingly, the less competitive ones.

Most discussions seems to center around the 300-500 gig per month but there are other numbers floating around.

As a service provider myself, I’m not opposed to a ‘pay for what you use’ philosophy.  It’s how I have to do business as a hosting provider because it’s how my provider works too.  I buy disk space and bandwidth from a tier one provider and resell it to you.  My disk space and bandwidth are limited too how much I pay for and that’s how I sell it.

To help you understand, there’s really a lot more than disk space and bandwidth.

Disk space essentially means the amount of data that you store on the server but it’s much more than that.  There’s the disk itself,  the computer that it’s on, the data center that houses it all, the UPS that makes sure the power is smooth and provides battery backup when the utility power fails be it a fraction of a second or several hours.  And of course, all this has to be kept at a stable temperature and humidity.  Disk space really means the data center that provides your hosting service.

Bandwidth translates to the amount of data that you put onto the Internet.  It’s bi-directional, so requests to view a web page from a user and the web page itself are included in the bandwidth number.  So is incoming and outgoing email.  But bandwidth goes passed that.  It’s the hundreds of miles of fiber optic cables, copper wires, and electronic equipment like firewalls, switches, and routers that make the Internet do all the great things that it does.

So paying for the amount of resources that you use is just common sense.  Disk space and bandwidth are cheap but all those resources behind the scenes are not.  Hopefully, Comcast and the others that follow will use restraint

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