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).

 

Why is unlimited Internet important at home?

Why is unlimited Internet important at home?

What’s the future of the “major provider” networks? Scamming their customers out of more money by bringing data caps, just like those that have been such a pain in the mobile phone world, into the world of high-speed home Internet. For years it looked like data caps and throttling, a method of slowing down the Internet on your phone if you pass a limit they’ve set, were going to be a problem for phone users only. Then the landline Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) realized they needed a way to shore up their television and phone service divisions as people started cutting the cord. What better way to do that then to just borrow the exact same methods of overcharging mobile phone users and bring it to your home?

Many of the largest ISP’s now have some form of data cap or throttling system in place. Companies like Cox, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and more have brought out data caps ranging from 250GB to 1TB. If you’re familiar with bandwidth and data usage that range might seem reasonable for an average household, but the problem isn’t today, it’s tomorrow. In the world of “tomorrow” we will see more people cutting the cord with their cable or Satellite service and exclusively watching videos, movies, and shows through their Internet connection. People who still need landlines are increasingly using VoIP services that operate over a data connection with your Internet service. Music, video, gaming, communication, education – it’s becoming more common to get all of these things through your Internet connection, and the average bandwidth used by each household is going to grow at an exponential rate over the next decade.

The biggest data hogs

There are two big reasons that data consumption is only going to increase for the average household in just the next few years; the Internet-of-Things and 4k televisions. The Internet-of-Things (IoT) refers to the ubiquitous nature of Internet connected devices that surround us everywhere we go, and increasingly surround us at home. Almost everything has a connection to the Internet these days; televisions, cameras, thermostats, and even some refrigerators. While some IoT devices are expensive and seem hard to imagine becoming an everyday item, the reality is that these devices will only get less expensive and more commonplace as people get used to the convenience of their phone or tablet being able to talk to all of the other devices in their lives. 4k televisions are quickly becoming common in households all over, with some 4k prices matching those of regular HD televisions at big box stores. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are starting to pump out some 4k content for their customers, and as the catalogue of 4k shows and movies grows so will the average data use. These ultra-high-definition videos eat up considerably more data and bandwidth than their forefathers.

More information on the rise in ISP’s capping their data:

Wired – Sorry it’s time to start counting gigabytes at home too

ARS – Home Internet data caps and overage fees expand to more US cities

Easy Internet Now is the future of ISP’s

There are already tens-of-thousands of homes across the country that regularly use several devices simultaneously to stream videos, listen to music, and surf the web with no access to cable television or a landline telephone. While other providers look at these homes with fear, and plot ways to get more money from them to shore up their traditional entertainment divisions, Easy Internet Now was built to be the perfect solution for these cord cutters. All EIN plans are unlimited, meaning we will never cap your data usage or throttle your connection. We’re right there with you on the forefront, helping families across the nation get rid of their overpriced cable charges. No contract, no credit check, no limits. EIN is the ISP of the future, and we’re ready to serve you today.