Bandwidth caps in US very restrictive compared to Japan

The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative has published a report called Bandwidth Caps for Residential High Speed Internet in the US and Japan which reveals “a large discrepancy in the usage limits ISPs place on consumers in the two countries, with U.S. providers substantially limiting the amount of bandwidth their subscribers can consume . . . ISPs with the most constrictive bandwidth caps are in the United States. As shown in Chart 1, U.S. Internet service providers (ISP) have monthly bandwidth caps as low as 1GB for combined upstream and downstream traffic, while many Japanese ISPs only utilize bandwidth caps of 5GB per day or approximately 150GB per month for upstream bandwidth, with no limit on the amount of data consumers can download  . . . In Japan, the lowest cap for residential Internet of the companies we researched is 150GB per month for upstream only, implemented by i-revo, a nationwide fiber ISP that provides up to 100Mbps symmetrical access. BB Excite, SoftBank and Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) also imposed 420GB to 450GB bandwidth per month only on the upload side.”

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