reply to SilverSurfer1
Re: Blowback awaits any ISP that implements this
said by SilverSurfer1:What incentive do they have to upgrade their networks? The big driver behind DOCSIS 3.0 isn't faster broadband speeds, but rather to get their infrastructure ready for financially positive benefits like increased bandwidth on the VOD downstream channel for more HD PPV, and switched digital video to be able to carry more channels. (and hence sell larger video packages)
so after all the hemming & hawing about keeping the net neutral, we're all going to end up paying through the nose anyway for bandwidth because providers won't pony up and upgrade their infrastructure.
Once HSI subscriber growth flattens out there is no incentive to upgrade networks at all under flat-rate billing. Do you honestly expect these companies to pump millions into infrastructure upgrades only to have the same level of revenue as before the upgrade?
Good point. On the other hand, I would think that they would try to avoid churn by maintaining and upgrading as well. All of these bandwidth services that many of the companies are starting to offer more of are going to create a demand for upgrades. If they don't give it up, or they try this crap, I could see lots of churn happening.
reply to espaeth
Even without an increasing subscriber base demand still grows over time. Applications, OS'es, updates, webpages and their content all grow in size all the time. Whether a provider will update accordingly is anyones guess. You have to know that they will anywhere they face competition from FIoS, for instance.
reply to espaeth
said by espaeth:I "honestly" expect providers to supply the same level of service I've been paying for on their all-you-can-eat price plan instead of looking for sneakier ways to f*ck me.
Do you honestly expect these companies to pump millions into infrastructure upgrades only to have the same level of revenue as before the upgrade?