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enriquza
 Post subject: bandwidth limit
Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:33 am 
 
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Can ISPs charge you for going over the bandwidth limit if they give you no tools to watch your own usage? In Canada, I heard that it is illegal for internet service providers to charge you extra for over the gig limit bandwidth usage if they don't provide you with accurate tools to watch your own usage. Is that true? If so, can you provide some reference?

 
   
 
Kirt Blattenberger
 Post subject: Re: bandwidth limit
Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:47 am 
 
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Greetings enriquza:

Yes, ISPs are allowed to charge you for the extra bandwidth without alerting you to the fact that you have exceeded your limit. I have been with many different ISPs over the years and have never seen any that offer a way to put a cap on your BW usage to pervent an overage. On the other hand, most ISPs now give you a lot of bandwidth, more than enough for a high level of traffic as long as you're not streaming video - some advertise unlimited BW.

I've been wanting to set up a webcam to point at Lake Erie, but the BW requirement would be pretty high even with only uploading a new image every minute or so. Bytes add up real quickly when sending images or video.

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