Whats with the Data limit anyway. Sounds like the OLD AOL which now cease to exist. After two netflix shows my data is gone.

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@Ray Jackson  Ice skate uphill? I like that. I'm going to use it in the future AND call it my own which no one will  believe anyway because I'm not that creative.

@Ray Why not complain to Netflix? It's their product that's using all of your bandwidth? 
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@'"Ray"

You must understand how much data watching a movie over the Internet uses.  A typical Blue-ray movie can be as high as 50GB when using the disc.  If your Netflix is set for High Def. it too will use an amazing amount of data.  Data caps are in place as a traffic monitoring/controlling mechanism.

There is the argument that wireless Internet is like a highway.  It shouldn't matter how far we go, it's really about how many people are on the road at the same time.  The problem here is what to do when everybody wants to drive cross-country, and never get off the road.  There are a limited number of lanes on the road and limited bandwidth on the wireless spectrum.

The analogy is this: Rush-hour traffic can't be tolerated continuously, so long-haulers are going to have to be bumped to the slow lane so those that aren't living on the road can get where they are going faster because they won't be on the road all that long. Short-termer's come and go, making the road available for more people also not going so far.  The fast lanes only hold so many cars then things back up for everybody.  Wireless spectrum is the same as that highway.  You and everybody else can't be there for the long-haul expecting to go full speed in the process. 

Wireless Internet providers do "overbook" the capacity of their system because normally, everybody isn't online at the same time.  Some method of managing continuous traffic must be in place to insure the availability of the system for the "normal" usage patterns.  There are those studies that can be found where 60% or more of internet traffic on a given system is being used by 10% of the users.  I can't vouch for the numbers but they do make sense.  P2P users do use an inordinate of bandwidth, I know, I'm one of them.  I stay off during peak hours out of respect for others and even Exede because Exede hopes too many power-users don't try to fulfill their limit at the same time. These systems are designed to give everybody a good Internet experience, but everybody can't continuously book the system to it's limit, it's not that big.  Something must be done, thus data caps, it forces people to take a break and allow others their good Internet experience too. Traffic needs to come and go, leaving room for others.
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@Craig This is a great explanation of satellite (and highway) bandwidth limitations.
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Thanks for the reply.  I also designed my avatar with spectrum in mind. It only loads once and repeats within the browser so I don't burn people's data while reading my post.   Some re-load at every cycle.
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That was a great example of how satellite internet works. 
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Ray, unlike a terrestrial ISP like cable or fiber, satellite internet has limited capacity. Once our satellite is up there 20,000 miles above the earth, we cannot add capacity to it. Data limits are necessary to assure that everyone is able to use the service at reasonable speeds.

I'd like to check your account and see what options are available to you. To protect your privacy please send me an email at exedelistens@viasat.com with your account information.

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