You’ve probably heard about this usage-based billing controversy. One of the few downsides of living in Canada is that it’s an oligarchy for telecoms and internet providers. And the CRTC is clearly not acting in the best interests of the nation’s citizenry.
I haven’t written about the issue up to now because it’s received a ton of attention, and it’s kind of a foamy latte problem. If your biggest worry is “I may have to pay more for my internet access”, life must be pretty good.
But the UBB issue did get me wondering–how much bandwidth are we using? We’re on Shaw, and (I had to check) we’ve got the the top-tier internet package, Extreme (as in “bra, that was extreme!). The “monthly transfer limit” on that package is 100 GB. Here’s what the last eight months of usage looks like:
That green line is the 100 GB mark. We’ve only exceeded it once in the last seven full months of usage.
We work from home, and I spend a good amount of leisure time on the web. We probably download a couple of movies and maybe 10 episodes of TV a month, and there’s the usual YouTube viewing. On the other hand, it’s rare that we’re not traveling or otherwise out of the office at least a week each month. Here’s another usage chart breaking out the upload and download activity.
If I were guessing, I’d say we’re probably above average in our web usage, but not all the way out on the rim of the bell curve. In any case, it looks like Shaw has temporarily dodged the UBB bullet by planning some public consultation sessions. So even if we do exceed our 100 GB cap in the near future, I doubt that we’ll get dinged.
Have you checked your internet usage lately?