Bandwidth Caps Keep Getting Lower And Lower
from the don't-do-anything-useful dept
When Time Warner first announced plans to test out bandwidth caps, there was some talk that it might set the caps exceptionally low, such as 5GB/month for downloads. While Time Warner did eventually put in place a series of tiers, it admits that the 5GB tier is the “lite” tier for very basic usage. Don’t tell that to the folks at Frontier. Reader Shea writes in to point out (via RochesterHDTV) that Frontier is now saying that 5GB of combined upload and download bandwidth is all you can use per month. If you go above that, Frontier reserves the right to “suspend, terminate or apply additional charges” for going over this “reasonable” usage.
See how this works? At first, we’re told that such tiers will only touch on those super high bandwidth users. Then we see tiers put in place where it’s admitted that the 5GB limit is for “lite” users. And now, according to Frontier, it’s “reasonable” usage, and it can kick you off — or add unspecified fees — for going over. Welcome to the world where doing anything cool or useful online is discouraged. ISPs are working hard to make their broadband offerings less and less useful by the day.