Many consumers are still using a bandwidth capped internet service. This is driven mostly as the ISP does not have adequate infrastructure in place. More and more fiber has been laid which has reduced congestion but many rural areas are still underserved. Today caps are mostly to serve the lower end of the market of users who do not use a lot of bandwidth.
Mobile phones have seen service caps rise considerably in Canada as more fiber is installed to every cell tower. In some areas in the province LTE is the only internet service available The fiber uplink is fast enough to handle PB of data per month but the cost of installing fiber is brutal for something that may have a 20 year service life.
In recent years in the local market uncapped services from 100 megabit, 300 megabit and the business level now reaches 1 gigabit. The studio has bulk cable television and 15 megabit internet which is inadequate but so far no complains over the 150 GB cap. The ISP allows customers to stream television so the cable box is useless as there is no television in the studio at present.
Steam has been setup to download updates between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM when there is less internet traffic. This creates a queue as sometimes game updates are slow due to the Steam checking and preallocating which is not done in parallel. Sometimes large numbers of games need to be updated which can be 2-3 days behind when large games are being downloaded.
Other game clients are not able to manage time of day downloads. Origin is more manual while uPlay tends to be more automatic.
Canada and Russia are vast in size and the use of fiber has been costly mostly due to the long haul distances. For that reason the cost had to be amortized but after many technological improvements the aggregate bandwidth of a given fiber has risen considerably. Over time more and more fiber has been installed as crews are on the payroll so the expectation for enough net bandwidth for consumers to all stream television may be sooner than later.
Internet links to Asia from North America have been improving but at least 100 times more bandwidth is needed. Latin America also needs more bandwidth so that more media options can be delivered to consumers.
Internet links from North America to Europe also need more bandwidth primarily as the existing links are saturated. More fiber is needed from both North America and Europe to Africa. Again this would provide more media options.
Generally transoceanic internet needs to be expanded considerably, This would allow the internet to become more of a global entity which would make the planet more productive.
A satellite phone is still necessary in the most remote areas and in open ocean etc. The cost is high but some are willing to pay for it.