·AT&T DSL Service
reply to elray
Re: As has been said before
said by elray:I just don't think that's true at all. You are just wrong. said by steevo22:
In everything you can think of you get a better price if you buy more: Roast beef, gardening services, buses, airplanes, real estate, plywood.
In cellular, and in broadband, if you use "too much" they essentially fine you.
Using pricing as a usage deterrent is for the birds and anti competitive. It's not how business is supposed to work. There's no shortage, or there should be a shortage here in America.
While I don't find the cap-and-overage model necessary for wired broadband providers, it is NOT
anti-competitive. Quite the contrary, if the ISP or MSO is making "record profits" by charging "steep overages", someone else will
enter that marketplace and charge less.
In 99% of the areas there is only one or two providers. One wireline ILEC and one cable provider. In some rural areas there is only cable, no competition at all.
The barrier to entry is so steep to provide wired internet service with the ILECs owning the local loop and charging what is likely a ridiculous amount to rent space in their CO and local loop usage it keeps nearly all competition away. That was all a stillborn idea that is dead as hell now. A few companies tried, but they all failed.
In my area we have TWC charging an exorbitant amount and ATT with slow DSL service. So I can get crappy and fairly cheap from ATT, or pretty decent but it's $70 a month. And I don't much care for TWC's business practices. Bundle, please!
So for now I have crappy and cheap. I wish I had a choice of three more providers who were actually competing with each other but I don't.
Sonic.net resells ATT so even though they could be expected to harangue them to give me better service there is ultimately nothing they can do. I talked to them. It was a waste of time.