If you follow me on Twitter, you know I don’t have the fasted Internet connection. Today I found out not only is it slow but I have a 500mb limit on what I can download in a 24 hour period.
How did I find this out? I tried to download the new Mac OS Lion. I did everything right, checked I have the latest updates, plugged in to my charger and then hit download.
Whoops. Can you say molasses through a coffee filter? Yes, that slow.
At last check it was going to take me 1 day, 18 hours. At last check I also found I was over my limit for the day so the download is now going to take even longer. When you go over your limit you get punished…your system slows to half speed for the next 24 hours.
After reading the FAQs on my ISP’s website, I discovered about 10% of users consistently go over their broadband limit. These ten percenters have basically screwed things up for the rest of us. There’s now a “Fair Access Policy” in place. That’s where the slowdown comes into play. Unfortunately, the ISP is not focussing on this 10%…they are monitoring everyone and crack down at the first transgression.
How totally rude. How totally unfair. How totally Nazi-like. Come Monday morning I’ll be having a little chat with the folks at my ISP. I can already tell you it won’t make a difference. Not unless I agree to shell out another $200 a month to upgrade to a “professional” plan.
I think my only option will turn out to be driving around looking for a faster Internet connection…perhaps at my local Starbucks. A 45 minute drive away.