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BendBroadband Makes Gizmodo With Their Bandwidth Caps

Quite the discussion has come about from BendBroadband's annoucement that they're going to start capping bandwidth on residential plans (no word on their plans for their business plans, which really should have been released concurrently). The entry has 59 comments (and counting), and the news has now hit the stupidly-popular Gizmodo: The Future Of Broadband: We're Totally Screwed.

Commenters there say that they've got it worse (I haven't had a chance to read through all the comments there), but really, you could say that with anything -- life is always worse somewhere.

BendBroadband is getting less-than-terrific press about this, and maybe that will cause them to change their mind -- or at least open it.

I say we all have a little informal contest: Who has the highest usage graph during a single billing period? How high has anybody gotten? (Update: Let's not try to kill BendBroadband here. I wasn't trying to encourage people to download as much as they possibly could just for the sake of downloading. Besides, it'd probably be hard to beat this guy.)

Thanks Mark for the tip.

Update on 4/10: That Gizmodo post is now on (at least) 14 other sites (and I just got word about this site as well.

Update again...: Now it's on the front page of Digg... . Feel free to digg my original article (there's a digg link right below the date/time stamp) so that folks can hear the local discussion about this and not just Gizmodo and Digg's take.

Here's a button that will digg the original post and the 60+ comments on this site:

Posted by Jake on 04/09/08 @ 10:50 PM
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BendBroadband is Giving You More Speed... from UtterlyBoring.com on 04/10/08 @ 11:19 AM:
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On A Lighter Note... from UtterlyBoring.com on 04/10/08 @ 11:44 PM:
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BendBroadband Bandwidth Cap Update from UtterlyBoring.com on 04/16/08 @ 11:17 AM:
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UndeadBeav said on 04/10/08 @ 09:57 AM:
110.9 GB and counting!!!

Jake said on 04/10/08 @ 10:06 AM:
What's weird is when I checked the usage graph last week, I had one billing period over 40GB, the other around 20 and this last one was at 12. Now I'm only up to 13 on the last one, despite pushing 3GB last night alone.

Does the thing actually work?

UndeadBeav said on 04/10/08 @ 10:14 AM:
You know, when we get our phone bills, we see exactly how and when our minutes were spent. Should we expect to see similar information on our broadband bills?

Morgan said on 04/10/08 @ 11:01 AM:
The Gizmodo article made top 10 on Digg also.

Justin said on 04/10/08 @ 11:10 AM:
Yo, this is Justin who contacted Gizmodo. You can find my original post in craigslist as well. In any case, I'm trying to organize a movement ot fix this issue. You can find the details at http://fixbbb.com


Morgan O said on 04/10/08 @ 12:19 PM:
BendBroadband just posted a new plan 100GB cap for 64.95/74.95 but with only 8Mbps down.

Justin said on 04/10/08 @ 01:19 PM:
Wouldn't it be cheaper to get DSL 7mbit service with no cap than to pay 64.95/74.95 for 8mbit service? I would only get platinum if it was 16mbit, static IP, and 100gb. Even then, some of us rely on having no cap from time to time for legit reasons.

Robin W said on 04/10/08 @ 03:42 PM:
Even then, static IP is nearly useless... when's the last time the DHCP server gave you a new IP? I've had mine for as long as I've been living in my new place, over a year.

They still don't get it.

Justin Moravetz said on 04/10/08 @ 07:58 PM:
So, I'm going to hold a public protest on Saturday, May 31st. You can find the details on my website at http://fixbbb.com - I wanted to have enough time to rally up as much support as possible. This should be great.

Mark Turner said on 04/10/08 @ 07:59 PM:
oh and sticking a MAC address in a table somewhere is worth $11/month too lol...

I wish I could charge a bunch of people 11/month for something as easy as that.

UndeadBeav said on 04/11/08 @ 09:50 AM:
114.9 GB so far this billing period! Is there a Diamond tier in the works?

AnneHaynes said on 04/11/08 @ 11:09 AM:

Josh said on 04/12/08 @ 08:46 AM:
Hey guys, I had just happened to start tracking my own bandwidth for about 2 months before this came along, so I had some solid numbers before their usage thing came online http://lez.ath.cx/?moar with my current service, promoted to silver my adjusted bill for feb would be 689.27$ I tried a week-ish period where I was downright frugal with the bandwidth I used, and had a good-try at it, and I still averaged 4 gigs a day. Basically you cant watch youtube, google video, or stream audio for any length of time, at all

Also this new platinum "thing" is a joke, it would be acceptable with no cap, or even if they had an unlisted service available which was the basic 4/1.5, no cap which we have now, at any price would be great. BendCable used to be the smartest & most astute provider I knew of, modest speeds but they didn't oversell or have any bulls--t like comcast and a lot of other regionals.

After about 2 weeks of fuming over my options, I came to realize later that with the waiver they got from the fcc in 2007 for the seperable-security mandate for set top boxes put them in a hard spot in 2009. They promised a completely new run-out on digital service for the privilege, except they have barely had the capital to invest in it, and they are doing what they have to (poppin 100-600$ bills on grandmas and unsuspecting fellows with open wifi) to catch up, I dont' believe they're being malicious anymore, but it's still sad, it's an end of an era.

I did find a hopeful provider in the process, though, http://www.communitybroadband.com/residential.htm I haven't contacted them regarding actually hooking it up where I am, but 3/3 sounds _nice_

We should start up a group on facebook & get something going with that FixBBB guy :]

Trones said on 04/14/08 @ 05:22 PM:
This is a friend's graph: 1 man, 1 woman, 1 teen, and one toddler:


I'd hate to see their bill after this capping takes effect....

UndeadBeav said on 04/16/08 @ 10:10 AM:
My usage is stuck at 115.7 GB! It's been stuck there for a few days now. I know I've downloaded/uploaded more than a gig in the last 48 hours.

Anybody else having this problem?

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