Torrent freaks and mIRC monkeys take note. Starting on October 1st of this year, the all mighty Comcast is installing a rock-solid cap on your downloads. This 250GB limit is part of their shift towards “protocol agnostic” network management – or whatever the hell that means. Wait there is more my torrent-loving reader. There might even be an overage charge of $15 per 10GB downloaded over the cap so you might want to keep an eye on your traffic.
Comcast’s statement puts the 250GB cap into perspective and shows why the vast majority of subscribers will never have to worry if they will go over.
- Send 50 million emails (at 0.05 KB/email)
- Download 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song)
- Download 125 standard-definition movies (at 2 GB/movie)
- Upload 25,000 hi-resolution digital photos (at 10 MB/photo)
So what is a habitual downloader to do? Who knows how this cap is implemented. Perhaps some coders will release a work around for us script-kiddies. Alternatively, maybe this cap is only going to be on certain price plans, forcing subscribers up to higher tiers for “Unlimited downloads.” Time will tell, but if history has taught us anything, you can bet your cable modem that other providers are writing up their new policies right now.