Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Will Comcast's streaming caps impact SomaFM listeners?

I've gotten a lot of questions lately about Comcast's streaming caps, and how they might affect listening to SomaFM?

Comcast's cap averages out to about 770 Kbps continuous average bandwidth usage, or about half the capacity of a T1 line. Or about 6 times the bandwidth required to listen to SomaFM. So you could listen to SomaFM 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and use only about 1/6th of the bandwidth you're allowed to use under the new Comcast rules.

For most users, Comcast's limits won't affect them. The main people who will be affected are those who download and share lots of files. Even people who use lots of streaming video likely won't be affected by these limits.

So as far as listening to SomaFM goes, the limits being imposed by Comcast shouldn't affect you.

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