Yesterday I was reading about bandwidth hogs, a pejorative term for heavy internet users who, according to the article, keep ISP executives up at night because of their “selfish” ways. It appears that when it comes to using bandwidth users can be grouped into tiers using Pareto’s rule: roughly 20% of the users use 80% of the bandwidth. These hogs are everywhere in shared connections, greedy people whose sole usage will reduce the entire network to a crawl.
Putting the legalese aside chances are that if you are a bandwidth hog you at least have a suspicion lurking somewhere in your subconscious. According to Slashdot the known king of bandwidth hoggers lives in the USA and he used 77 TB of data in March this year. He also reportedly used 35 TB in January, 32 TB in February and 28 TB in April.. Whilst you are unlikely to steal the crown from him anytime soon you should know that you will most likely qualify as a hog if you meet the following criterion:
Have an uncapped internet connection which is a hog’s essential tool.
Have breached the 1TB usage mark on your own, this depends on what you use the internet for but I am tempted to think 1TB is a bit too much.
If you think 1TB usage is nothing!
If you have a Seedbox server somewhere or you are actually crazy enough to run it on your own internet connection, in the later case you are definitely a hog.
Are always making large downloads usually in the form of High Resolution movies.
You are running a website or streaming site from your connection.
Make a lot of video calls.
Use streaming services such as Hulu( oh please we know the Geoblock isn’t really stopping anyone.)
Watch too many cat and slapstick videos on YouTube.
The term bandwidth hog is a bit subjective though, at what point does one deserve to be called one? Last month I used 2 TB on my unmetered Seedbox and about 30 GB on my home connection does that make me a hog or a normal user? How much did you use last month? What sort of usage do you consider to be hogging and do you see yourself as a hog?
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