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Cord-cutters are eating up big portions of bandwidth

Cord-cutters are eating up big portions of bandwidth
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Scores of people are cutting the cord from high-priced cable or satellite TV. And when they do, apparently they binge on TV like never before.

Sandvine, a broadband networking company, says the top 15 percent of streaming video users grab seven times the amount of broadband of the average user.

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Now Sandvine isn't absolutely certain that the top users are all using Web for video instead of TV. It just stands to reason, though, because that would explain the disparity in numbers. If Sandvine is right, that means the average cord cutter is streaming 100 hours of video a month.

As streaming providers offer more HD videos, the amount of bandwidth taken is likely to increase.

This could take us back to the fight over data usage caps that broadband providers either have installed or are thinking of installing. That could slow down some cord cutting, unless rules change.

That's an issue in the whole net neutrality debate. Click here to learn more about net neutrality.

Read more of Sandvine's report here.

Have you cut the cord yet? How do you like it? Tell me in the comments below.

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