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Old 07-20-2011, 11:42 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default My Real-World Data Usage is Backwards from Most

We've talked a great deal about the unfolding data usage caps from wired ISPs over the past year here on Digital Home Thoughts, so I thought I might be interesting to share my data usage as measured by my ISP here in Western Canada, Shaw Communications. Here's my usage from December 2010 through until July 2011:

I'd guess that an average person would consume far less bandwidth, but also be the reverse of my pattern; they'd have more download usage and less upload usage. Why do I use up so much upstream bandwidth? No, it's not torrents - I've been slowly but surely adding data via Crashplan for my off-site backup (I'm up to 620 GB or so now) and last week I uploaded my 100 GB music collection to Amazon's Cloud Drive service. Now that I've uploaded pretty much all my data to Crashplan, and all my music is in the cloud, I should be using less upstream data.

What does your data usage look like? Are you bumping up against your cap (if you have one), or are you comfortably within it?

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