o, yesterday, my cable Internet goes out.
Upon calling Comcast, they tell me that they'll only talk to my wife (?), so I have her give em a
She calls up, and apparently, I had run into a secret cap. Now, she
says that the customer service guy told her that we were temporarily disabled
because we violated an unwritten policy: their upload/download cap. They said I
was in the top 1% of their customers, and I was affecting other peoples'
I was shocked when my wife told me the number the customer service guy gave her:
700GB. I don't download anything illegal. But I DO
download every free video
and every free song and every free demo I can off of Xbox and iTunes. I download
a couple hundred megs of podcasts every day. My Media Center uses the Internet
Guide. I have "TV Tonic" on my Media Center to get me Warner Brothers cartoons
and music videos and GameTrailers.com stuff every day (all legal of
Figure 50GB / mo off of Xbox.
I've got 14 channels on TV
Tonic, each allocated 1 GB storage, so figure another 50GB, but theoretical max
of 420 GB, if it completely destroys and redownloads everything every day.
UNLIKELY. Although they did release a patch because of "bandwidth
Figure an overly generous 300MB per day off iTunes, that's
I run remote control off my PC. But that can't be
significant, even with the encryption overhead.
I typically download 1-3
GB per month off of MSDN or other developer sites.
a GENEROUS 10GB a month in stuff I'm not tracking - computer updates and
OK, so, still nowhere close.
I'm thinking they just
made up a number. Now, granted, it's a lot of traffic, but... even at my
theoretical max, I'm nowhere close.
So, either they made stuff up, or
I've got someone leeching off my bandwidth "by hook or by crook". Which do you
think is more likely?
I have the sudden urge to go super secure on
everything I do. I'm locking down my wireless at
lunch and I'm going to disconnect my Media Center PC from the network until I
uninstall TV Tonic and run a virus scan (I didn't have a scanner on that machine, I
figured it'd interfere with the Media Center stuff).
Worst case, I'll put in reverse firewalls
that'll block outbound till I can figure out what's killing the bandwidth, but
that'd suck because they're so freaking hard to configure.
They turned me back on, but said they'll cut
me off permanently if it happens again.
I didn't even know they had a