Tiered Broadband Pricing To Stop File Trading?
from the not-so-smart dept
For years, people have been talking about how we need a “broadband killer app”. Something that really uses all the power broadband brings to offer something that simply can’t work over dialup. For a while, it seemed that the closest such app was file sharing. People were signing up for broadband so they could use file sharing programs. So, what are the cable broadband providers about to do? They want to kill that off, by introducing tiered pricing. The plan is to limit the amount of bandwidth customers can use. Business Week points out this is likely to put a dent in people using file trading programs. I’d also point out that it puts a dent in the reason people use broadband. It seems like an odd move to try to slowly suffocate one of the main reasons people sign up for your service. Once again, business models that involve pissing off your customers, generally speaking, are a mistake. Furthermore, it also takes away all the incentive for anyone to create a real killer app for broadband. The point of the killer app, in this case, would be to make people use more broadband – but if they’re getting charged extra for it, that will never happen.