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openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
Germany
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reply to Bill Neilson

Re: So

said by Bill Neilson:

How would a consumer know if what the meter says is correct?

A consumer could always implement their own method of monitoring bandwidth usage and assume some responsibility.
said by Bill Neilson:

My parents and friends would not have even the SLIGHTEST clue how much they use per month

I bet if they start paying by the byte, they might be interested in learning about their usage


Bill Neilson
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join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA
said by openbox9:

A consumer could always implement their own method of monitoring bandwidth usage and assume some responsibility.

So the consumer must accept responsibility for the unreliable, incorrect meter that the ISP's forced on them?

I mean, the stupidity in that logic is really astounding

openbox9
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Germany
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No, the consumer needs to assume responsibility for their actions. If the action is moving bits around on a metered connection, then it is in their best interest to know what they're doing. If they're ignorant of what a bit is, then they might want to educate themselves a little.
said by Bill Neilson:

I mean, the stupidity in that logic is really astounding

I'm honestly dumbfounded that you are unwilling to accept that numerous mechanisms exist for consumers to monitor their bandwidth usage.


Bill Neilson
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join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA
said by openbox9:

I'm honestly dumbfounded that you are unwilling to accept that numerous mechanisms exist for consumers to monitor their bandwidth usage.

I am dumbfounded that you ignore the fact that the ISP's are simply shoving out meters that have little to no reliability and then passing off the reliability to the consumers....And this idea of the consumer needing to spend time or money on DOUBLE CHECKING the data....again, is a level of stupidity that astounds me. YOU are not stupid...the logic is

openbox9
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said by Bill Neilson:

I am dumbfounded that you ignore the fact that the ISP's are simply shoving out meters that have little to no reliability and then passing off the reliability to the consumers....

I'm not ignoring that at all, and in fact I'm suggesting that consumers need to assume some responsibility for their actions given the questionable accuracy of these meters.

Blunt truth...nobody is going to take care of you except for you. Unfortunately, I'm continuously reminded of this simple little lesson.

Os

join:2011-01-26
US
Reviews:
·Comcast
So Cox should just be able to make up whatever charges they want and bill you with no oversight?

I'm not excusing stupid customers, but there's tons of those who use the internet and can't tell you the difference between MB and Mb.

Close to you, Verizon will be laughing all the way to the bank when Cox catches people in this trap. With their lower speed plans, they will get people in overage fees. And FiOS installs will go through the roof.

In areas of competition, send Cox a message. CANCEL! Run away as fast as you can! Hit them the only place it can hurt, their wallet. You can't nickel and dime the customers you ran away to other companies.

openbox9
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Germany
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said by Os:

So Cox should just be able to make up whatever charges they want and bill you with no oversight?

Do you not look at your bill before paying it?

Os

join:2011-01-26
US
Reviews:
·Comcast
Ever heard of AutoPay? Why do you think so many companies push that?

It's because stupid customers will just write the check or pay the credit card interest and never notice anything different.

ISP's can't have it both ways. They can't have meters and not be regulated. Of course, regulation is the evil word in this country, unless they're regulations bought and paid for by the industries themselves.

openbox9
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said by Os:

Ever heard of AutoPay? Why do you think so many companies push that?

Yes, and I use it in several situations. I also review my bills at least a week prior to payments being pulled.