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What is your internet usage like over the past few months?

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What is your internet usage like over the past few months?

My monthly download is averaging around: 400-500 GB a month since the pandemic. Online meetings, streaming, browsing the net, and etc. Before pandemic, download was around 200-300 GB/month.

I hope Bell and Rogers will not throttle too much and be fair during pandemic.

How much internet usage is yours like?
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I download a lot of stuff, I was several terabytes before the Covid 19, now I am about the same with a small bump due to everyone being home and using Zoom, Google Meet, WebEx and Microsoft Teams
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Never bothered to care. Been using Rogers Gigabit unlimited for years. With download speeds averaging 850mbps to 950mbps ... why would you care? Besides ... it's unlimited.
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TimW97898 wrote: My monthly download is averaging around: 400-500 GB a month since the pandemic. Online meetings, streaming, browsing the net, and etc. Before pandemic, download was around 200-300 GB/month.

I hope Bell and Rogers will not throttle too much and be fair during pandemic.

How much internet usage is yours like?
Similar to yours

My issue is not speed but stability
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Cottage has satellite and we're only there on the weekends plus a few days, that totals about 15 - 20 GB. Stream a netflix movie occasionally, they're typically downloaded instead beforehand. At home though is another story, with constant 4K netflix streaming, backups and other things running in a household of 2 people, it's about 400 GB / mo. Pandemic hasn't really changed our usage much.
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I think whats been learned from covid are the true weakness for instability from inadequate underpowered local network hardware and the lack of understanding of rates and caps of isp.
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Netflix and YouTube streaming, along with video conferencing, accounts for all of our usage.
Since the 2nd week of Mar with the kids being at home and both wife and I WFH, we've doubled our usage hitting a terabyte every month.
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I know that Rogers does not care about the amount of downloading. They will have a conniption fit if the upload is excessive. Of course they won't tell anyone what excessive is. I only know of one person that got a nastygram for excessive uploading. Ever since the pandemic, the usage meter has been broken.
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I live alone and work from home. Am using 300-360GB per month
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2020-06-01 to 06-30-2020 9783.50 GiB
2020-05-01 to 05-31-2020 3034.66 GiB
2020-04-01 to 04-30-2020 2696.37 GiB
2020-03-01 to 03-31-2020 1636.68 GiB
2020-02-01 to 02-29-2020 1144.54 GiB
2020-01-01 to 01-31-2020 2071.37 GiB


I've been fairly light because I ran out of hard drive space again....
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Out in BC, 800-1000GB/mo for family of four. Just ended our two year term and was informed our monthly rate is going from $91/mo after tax to $128.80/mo after tax.

This month I decided to push it a bit further as Shaw was being annoying and wouldn't negotiate at all, though they did try to trick me on the phones and make me think I was getting a special deal - which exactly matched their website - so I'll be leaving them shortly. (I don't like being manipulated and I don't like having my time wasted.) 3TB and counting this month, and it's only the 19th. In the past two days they seem to have put aggressive traffic shaping on me. The connection dips down to 30-40mbit for hours at a time and simple tasks like loading websites or uploading images to messenger will fail due to dropped packets. It's really quite cruddy, but I'm going to see if I can hit 5 or 6TB this month as a "Thanks, goodbye" note to them.

I'm not downloading anything particularly useful - I'm just reciprocating their general demeanour to their network hardware. Equipment deserves to be exercised from time to time, just like bodies. Seems death_hawk agrees. ;)
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Kramy wrote: Out in BC, 800-1000GB/mo for family of four. Just ended our two year term and was informed our monthly rate is going from $91/mo after tax to $128.80/mo after tax.

This month I decided to push it a bit further as Shaw was being annoying and wouldn't negotiate at all, though they did try to trick me on the phones and make me think I was getting a special deal - which exactly matched their website - so I'll be leaving them shortly. (I don't like being manipulated and I don't like having my time wasted.) 3TB and counting this month, and it's only the 19th. In the past two days they seem to have put aggressive traffic shaping on me. The connection dips down to 30-40mbit for hours at a time and simple tasks like loading websites or uploading images to messenger will fail due to dropped packets. It's really quite cruddy, but I'm going to see if I can hit 5 or 6TB this month as a "Thanks, goodbye" note to them.

I'm not downloading anything particularly useful - I'm just reciprocating their general demeanour to their network hardware. Equipment deserves to be exercised from time to time, just like bodies. Seems death_hawk agrees. ;)
Fair usage policy and it's pretty fair to slow you down somewhat.lol
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vkizzle wrote: Fair usage policy and it's pretty fair to slow you down somewhat.lol
Oh yeah, absolutely. But it also would've been fair not to jack up my rates, considering what we've done for them personally. One of my family members is on the frontline and worked hard for months before catching the dang thing and being quarantined and having a nasty fight for a month. I'm also a computer tech, and since Shaw wouldn't enter homes or businesses, their service got laughably bad around here. They stand at the entrance and give instructions just like you'd get over the phone... From seniors that have defective modems and can't crawl under their desks, to a Hotel and office building that went down - I fixed stuff when they wouldn't, and probably stopped about $4000-5000/mo from leaving them for any internet provider that would actually function.

I have account numbers and service call records showing that I helped, but would they hold the monthly fee the same? Nope. They really don't appreciate freelance techs. You're either an employee, a customer, or garbage it seems.

Anyway, if I try hard maybe I can hit 4TB tomorrow, lol. Wish me luck.
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Kramy wrote: Oh yeah, absolutely. But it also would've been fair not to jack up my rates, considering what we've done for them personally. One of my family members is on the frontline and worked hard for months before catching the dang thing and being quarantined and having a nasty fight for a month. I'm also a computer tech, and since Shaw wouldn't enter homes or businesses, their service got laughably bad around here. They stand at the entrance and give instructions just like you'd get over the phone... From seniors that have defective modems and can't crawl under their desks, to a Hotel and office building that went down - I fixed stuff when they wouldn't, and probably stopped about $4000-5000/mo from leaving them for any internet provider that would actually function.

I have account numbers and service call records showing that I helped, but would they hold the monthly fee the same? Nope. They really don't appreciate freelance techs. You're either an employee, a customer, or garbage it seems.

Anyway, if I try hard maybe I can hit 4TB tomorrow, lol. Wish me luck.
Sorry to hear about your family member and hope they have a full recovery.
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Gee wrote: I download a lot of stuff, I was several terabytes before the Covid 19, now I am about the same with a small bump due to everyone being home and using Zoom, Google Meet, WebEx and Microsoft Teams
You have a server?
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death_hawk wrote: 2020-06-01 to 06-30-2020 9783.50 GiB
2020-05-01 to 05-31-2020 3034.66 GiB
2020-04-01 to 04-30-2020 2696.37 GiB
2020-03-01 to 03-31-2020 1636.68 GiB
2020-02-01 to 02-29-2020 1144.54 GiB
2020-01-01 to 01-31-2020 2071.37 GiB
I've been fairly light because I ran out of hard drive space again....
Only you with 300TB of space. Even with that much space I won't know what to download. I stopped download movies and stuff years ago, with netflix, prime video and other streams seems more than sufficient for my needs.
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Kramy wrote: Out in BC, 800-1000GB/mo for family of four. Just ended our two year term and was informed our monthly rate is going from $91/mo after tax to $128.80/mo after tax.
This month I decided to push it a bit further as Shaw was being annoying and wouldn't negotiate at all, though they did try to trick me on the phones and make me think I was getting a special deal - which exactly matched their website - so I'll be leaving them shortly. (I don't like being manipulated and I don't like having my time wasted.) 3TB and counting this month, and it's only the 19th. In the past two days they seem to have put aggressive traffic shaping on me. The connection dips down to 30-40mbit for hours at a time and simple tasks like loading websites or uploading images to messenger will fail due to dropped packets. It's really quite cruddy, but I'm going to see if I can hit 5 or 6TB this month as a "Thanks, goodbye" note to them.
I'm not downloading anything particularly useful - I'm just reciprocating their general demeanour to their network hardware. Equipment deserves to be exercised from time to time, just like bodies. Seems death_hawk agrees. ;)
Shaw charges you $130 a month and still not satisfied? Wow, you need to switch. I hear Rogers offer 1gbit over coaxial.
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Gee wrote: 5 NAS units totaling 300 Terabytes

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