No pages have gorgeous background images, even if the body of the site covers 99% of it, that images still has to load. Ads are graphics and video, often with audio as well. Videos load and auto play by default. Most of those are HD videos and studio quality sound, all data hogs.
The internet back then was geared to dial up and, at most DSL now, it's geared to high speed, unlimited data. Developers don't worry about how much data their bloated sites need to load, they only worry about what gets visitors and makes money and, that's HD, top quality, elaborate graphics and sound.
Exede is not taking your data, the same old websites you've frequented for years are, they have changed and, they use more data today than they did even 5 years ago.
But if you feel Viasat is purposely speeding up data usage to make you spend more money with them, good luck convincing the "correct agencies" with your theory.
One game off Steam could be 50GB now. That would be five months of my 10GB data plan...lol.
Seriously. All the app updates, windows 10 updates, etc. My android needed 1.2 GB to do an upgrade earlier this year. At Exede's inception the base plan in 2012 or so was 7.5GB PER MONTH, no free zone, and a hard cap. Think about that one! That was just FIVE years ago. Now people need more than 150GB/month just to get by. There is a reason why Viasat has bigger plans now. People need and use more data than ever before.
Instead they need to better understand how data is being consumed on their behalf and without their knowledge. There are more than enough threads here and elsewhere on how to go about determining this, so no need for another "data usage" thread.
Trim all of the bloat (and many times "convenience" features) from web sites and you'll be surprised how far you can stretch even 12 GB of data - even with some minimal "self-optimized" video streaming in my case ;)
Now folks are being encouraged to upgrade to unlimited plans or bigger plans to combat bloated web applications, which will simply yield more congestion and inefficient data usage and more pressure on an already limited resource. ViaSat-2 will undoubtedly offer some temporary relief before the cycle begins again.
Nothing wrong with paying more for more data to counteract that bloat but much of it can be eliminated without the need to buy more - it takes nothing but time and knowledge. Your nickel, your call...
And yeah, Facebook still preloads video streams regardless of whether you turned autoplay off - you're large at the mercy of the casual Facebook user in that regard - scroll though a users feed and keep track of how many videos there are that don't play - yet each one may be preloading in part as you try to reach the bottom of a neverending page of "home movies".
While users may not have changed their habits, the web sites they are visiting have certainly changed their's in terms of how efficiently (or inefficiently in most cases) they use your data.
Satellite internet is going to seem like it changes the most because we started with very low speeds and low caps, the internet changed so we had free zones, then liberty pass and now unlimited is a further step in our internet evolution. I suspect come Early next year (still TBA) ViaSat 2 will make us evolve a step further.
Without changing what we can offer the internet will leave our customers behind because the only constant is going to be change.
Many things on a computer can update automatically and, need to be shut off app or program by app or program. Some cannot be set not to update at all. Background processes may be using data and, malware is always a possibility as well.
I've been a customer since 2004 and, Viasat's usage meter has not been wrong yet. Always matches my own usage monitoring software. I would look at ever possibility before blaming Exede's meter for being wrong, odds are, it's right.
Bev is right in one respect. Data used on a mobile device is much different than data used on a computer. Mobile devices might appear to load the same website, but they are "optimized" for mobile data usage vs. what you get on the computer. No. It is not the same as the video data optimizer...but similar concept.
As far as the usage meter never being wrong. That is NOT true. There were serious issues with the tracking meter in the early days of Exede that impacted myself and many other customers. Viasat eventually got it straightened out but it happened for a good 6 - 12 months upon Exede's inception. Didn't impact everyone, but there were problem and it wasn't related to anything on the user's end. If I had to guess it was related to connectivity issues for customers on the beam fringes (like myself) where things got stuck in a loop, but that is all ancient history now.