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KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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Tulsa, OK
reply to WHT

Re: Economically viable is code

You bring up a valid point. Since the profit potential of a system of high speeds but with really low caps and then overages and metered billing making it potentially incredibly profitable (At the expense of our Internet future) there's actually incentive for them to kill off or allow to wither on the vine DSL and other services to cut people's options and force them to wireless, where they can really gouge.

I know people in some areas who cannot get DSL or Cable and use those "MiFi" devices, but oh boy, does that cost. Most have a 5GB cap and then steep overages AND IMHO doesn't seem like they measure traffic very well either.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini


CaptainRR
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join:2006-04-21
Blue Rock, OH
I am one of those people with only dialup from at&t wouldn't make a difference if someone else bought the outfit where I live. I do have Verizon 3g service at the moment but use is sparingly due to the 5GB cap. A matter of fact the central office that takes care of our part of the county is the only thing that has DSL as far as I know all of the RT's around it are dark.


Snakeoil
Ignore Button. The coward's feature.
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Mentor, OH
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reply to KrK
Your post reminded me of the old AOL business model. 20 bucks for 20 hours on dial up. Then it was a buck an hour or so for anything over that.

My average AOL bill would be about 80 to 100 bucks a month. So it makes perfect sense for the modern companies to want caps. Look how "fat" AOL got before the "all you can eat' companies started. Now that AOL is mostly dead, and the telcos feel that it's memory of limited time is a faint memory, they want to return to that.

And to be truthful, who here would give up internet if they had to pay 100 plus bucks a month for unlimited service?
Considering how many use the internet as their primary source of family contact, news, games, porn, entertainment?

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KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK
They may not want to give it up, true... but the expense will sure lead to a lot of family fights, methinks.

... and these days everyone and everything wants everything connected and online, yadda, yadda. It could get very expensive, and really for no real reason other then the fact the competitive landscape in the USA is a joke.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini