said by espaeth:I haven't seen a speed increase in nearly 7yrs and I'm forced to either have zero internet or just use one ISP or move across the street. said by morbo:
The problem is that the caps are mostly arbitrary and used in an anti-competitive way to limit competition from streaming content.
Yeah, yeah. We've all heard the blanket statement repeated over and over again on this site.
How many services really compete head to head?
At best, online services chip away at sections of what is available via broadcast TV, but there is not a wholesale replacement option. It's not because of bandwidth caps; it's because anyone with a clue about how that infrastructure is built knows that you can't scale to 100+ million simultaneous Internet video feeds using technology available today.
Caps aren't the reason that service doesn't exist, no matter how badly you want that to be cause.
said by morbo:
If the caps were at least updated annually or on a rolling schedule based on average consumption increases then this wouldn't matter.
Technology refresh cycles are 3-5 years, which is about the rate you're seeing access speed increases and bandwidth cap increases.