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AT&T and Cox have introduced 1 terabyte data caps for their customers on most plans.

AT&T and Cox have introduced 1 terabyte data caps for their customers on most plans.

1 terabyte is a lot: that’s 1000 gigabytes, and will be plenty of data for some customers, while some may need larger amounts. Cord cutters who consume a lot of HD video may fall into that category, and an additional 50GB of data costs $10.

Don’t know if you can be a cord cutter on 1 terabyte? Cord Cutters News has a guide.

Of course, gaming can use a lot of data, or hardly any, depending on what you are playing. Downloading files, games, patches, and DLC uses a lot of data. Surfing the web uses varying amounts of data, especially if you are on YouTube or an image-heavy site like Facebook or Instagram. Even streaming audio can use more data than you expect if it’s high-fidelity audio. Skype or other Voice over Internet Protocols (like chatting on Xbox Live or PlayStation) can use up data quickly too. This handy article by nbnco.com expands on that.

Everyone’s internet usage patterns are different, and it’s hard to tell you how much you need without taking lots of things into account. So you have 3 options:

1: Track your data usage over time. This is the most accurate way to tell what you are really using, especially if you are looking at several months of data use. I recommend at least 3. Check with your service provider to see if your records are available.

2: Need internet now, and don’t have time to compile the numbers? You can try to estimate what you use. This is going to mean some research and some generous estimations. How much time do you spend streaming videos? No really, how much? How much time on online games? How much time on social media? Keep in mind this is a daily average, and this is for everyone in your family, not just you. So unless you are keeping a close eye on everyone, chances are that you don’t really know.

3: Just find a provider that doesn’t cap data. This is what I would do—and I bet you know which company I would choose, don’t you? (You don’t? Easy Internet Now, of course!) But here’s why:

  • Easy Internet Now has low prices. Think you have to pay a bunch to get a fast, reliable, unlimited connection? Nope.
  • You get a free modem. Say what now? I like free. Free is good.
  • In the internet age, this shouldn’t have to be difficult. Easy Internet Now is easy to contact, easy to set up service with, easy to get support from. It’s part of the name for a reason.
  • AND NO DATA CAPS! The only caps are when I use CAPS LOCK (HIGH FIVE FOR THE AWESOME JOKE! Come on, don’t leave me hanging!)
  • Easy Internet Now uses the same network as AT&T. This is because we buy wholesale and re-sell, but without a lot of the strings and unpleasantness of a larger company. We’re proud to be a middleman!
  • You don’t need a contract or a credit check. This is a prepaid setup. Services for payment. Easy peasy.

Cox service area that will get the data cap (the names in bold are areas also served by Easy Internet Now:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Las Vegas
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Omaha, NE
  • Sun Valley, ID

AT&T and Easy Internet Now service area:

  • Alabama
    Map showing service area for Easy Internet Now

    Easy Internet Now service coverage

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

So by now, I hope you know that if you are getting a data cap, there’s no need to panic. Just assess your internet needs, and if you need to switch, there are options. Option. There is one option. No more. (Easy Internet Now, I mean).