Consumer group uSwitch has found that about one million broadband users in the UK have exceeded their broadband usage limit or come close to exceeding the limit. The usage caps are put in place by ISPs to limit bandwidth that can be used.
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Often these limits are put in place by ISPs to limit the bandwidth as a claimed anti-piracy system. As more and more users stream HD video and download movies, the skimpy caps are becoming a serious problem.
The survey showed that 6.2 million customers though they had no cap and 7.5 million didn't know their download limit. People don’t know their cap because ISPs often don't even mention them and rates can go up significantly when users go over.
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Via BBC News