The wrong way to solve a problem... Instead of supporting accurate consumption measuring tools, our government should be promoting the elimination of consumption caps in the first place. I'm not a very big fan of larger government and more laws, but it would seem to be a much more reasonable approach to eliminate any and all concerns about how much data one uses if you're going to enact any laws around this at all.
Consider that many people work from home these days - the impact of such activities routinely add up to gigabytes of data per month.
Consider that even more people have Netflix accounts and steam from services like this routinely. This adds up to gigabytes and gigabytes more as well - especially on faster speed connections. As delivery methods become better, it will lead to even more data consumption. (Imagine some day being able to stream a Blu Ray from Netflix at full 1080p resolution along with the DTS-HD soundtrack in all its glory.)
And then there are other uses as well. Streaming music and video to phones and tablets via Plex and other similar apps can account for significant usage. So can online gaming if you have a PS3 or Xbox. Hulu might into the picture somewhere as well, along with downloading updates and patches (this might not account for a lot - but if you've got a house with several computers and no central update server set up it could).
My point, simply put, is to show that broadband caps do nothing but hurt consumers by potentially forcing people to decide between work, Netflix, gaming, or applying the latest security patches.
Re: The wrong way to solve a problem...
said by NOVA_UAV_Guy:Not stretching the imagination much. That's already possible now.
(Imagine some day being able to stream a Blu Ray from Netflix at full 1080p resolution along with the DTS-HD soundtrack in all its glory.)