[OT] UTOPIA advise

Matthew Walker rorith at kydance.net
Mon Mar 19 15:46:43 MDT 2007

On Mon, March 19, 2007 3:40 pm, Ryan Simpkins wrote:
> On Mon, March 19, 2007 15:19, Matthew Walker wrote:
>> On Mon, March 19, 2007 3:15 pm, Walter Holladay wrote:
>>> UTOPIA will be coming to my neighborhood very soon and I was hoping to get
>>> some good advise about which provider to go with. There are four choices of
>>> service providers for UTOPIA:
>>> 1) AT&T
>>> 2) Mstar
>>> 3) Veracity
>>> 4) Xmission
>>> Mstar and Xmission have a bandwidth cap of 100 GB per month. I really have
>>> no idea how much bandwidth I use a month, but my phone is through Vonage, I
>>> have teenagers that like to play online games and chat with their friends,
>>> and I like to upload my digital photos to my web server. Is 100 GB per month
>>> reasonable, or should I shy away from anyone with a limit?
> 100GB a month is equivilant to roughly 146 full .iso images (if my math is somewhat
> right). I think the 100GB cap is really there to deter heavy file sharers, ubergeeks
> running a server farm in the basement, and business that need HUGE bandwidth.
> Incidently I think you'd have to push 40kB/sec (320kbps) 24 hours a day, 30 days a
> month, to reach the limit. I could be wrong, but if you used the phone and played
> world of warcraft 24/7 for 30 days solid you likley wouldn't reach the limit.

Actually, because they don't meter well over half the time, you have to get a continuous
80 KBytes per second to hit the cap in a four week period. During that time, you could
download 186 Gigs at that rate, or a lot more if you go faster during unmetered time.

Matthew Walker
Kydance Hosting & Consulting
LAMP Specialist

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