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|Comments on news posted 2011-09-30 10:12:29: Back in March Suddenlink gave users a new usage meter in order to help better "educate" users about their bandwidth consumption. .. |
| |KrKHeavy Artillery For The Little GuyPremium
In the lack of a competitive enviornment... There is nothing to constrain companies from abusing market position on heavily demanded services such as high speed internet.
The only thing that would prevent this in a non-competitive market would be regulation, and we all know that's not going to happen.... so Caps, overages, by-the-byte billing, etc etc are what we all can expect in the future.
I used to think that a possible counter would be expensive class action lawsuit losses that would punish greedy ISP's with large judgement expenses (Consumers damaged by paying for Data they did not want, need, request, but are forced to pay for anyway, virtually a slam dunk win.)
However since the Supreme Court threw us under the bus on that one too and now your AUP/TOS can remove your legal rights to work as a class, I really don't see anything to prevent the coming destruction of the Internet future.
Basically; Little competition; No regulatory framework, high demand (approaching utility like status, almost required) means we're all going to get overcharged and future services (such as third party IP content businesses via Internet) will be curtailed or severely restricted.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
Re: State regulators
said by skitz0ut:I know what you mean I told my son he might loose Netflix and he almost cried... My daughter asked if streaming music counts and I said yep.. She said that's stupid. I am the biggest user of bandwidth but still I seem to hit about 275 to 300 a month. Hell I haven't done anything but web browse today. My daughter watched 2 episodes on MTV.COM (why she would watch that crap is beyond me) and my son watch a tv show on netflix and some you tube and it was almost 10gigs
OK, this is bad. I stream HD videos and play online games all the time. I live in San Angelo, and have the 20/2 MB plan. I use a lot more then 250gb a month. I pay over $70 a month for service, there is no way, paying that much, that i should have a cap. I will be switching to another provider if that takes effect. It makes me sad, because this is the best internet i have had yet. Great speeds, great performance, hardly down time.
This is with the kids streaming a HD movie off of netflix.
What sucks is I just came here from ATT because of their caps... bastards