No Evidence To Support The Need For Broadband Tiers Or Caps

from the oops dept

Just as the various broadband providers are ramping up their bogus astroturf attempts to convince the world that broadband caps are necessary and good for customers, Saul Hansell has been digging deep into the numbers and can't find any justification at all for the caps. All those stories about overwhelmed networks and exponential traffic growth? Not happening. If anything, the evidence is that the opposite is happening: advances in technology means that it's become cheaper for broadband providers to meet the needs of their customers. And those needs are growing, but that growth rate has been slowing, and is quite manageable. So, basically, the broadband companies are hyping up a problem that just isn't there. There is no crunch. There aren't bandwidth shortages that require cutting off heavy users. The only reason to set up such tiers is to squeeze more money out of customers without providing any improvements in service (actually, while providing less service). And it's all possible thanks to the lack of competition in the marketplace.

Filed Under: broadband, caps, evidence, tiers


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    chris (profile), 22 Apr 2009 @ 7:27am

    Re: Broadband/Cable

    I would be able to get cheaper broadband.

    yeah, when has a cable company ever lowered it's prices? you honestly believe that you would pay less? i have no idea where you are or who your cable provider is, and i am confident that there has never been a permanent reduction in subscription prices there.

    the price might drop temporarily, but before long, you will be paying what you pay now plus overage fees if you go over your cap.

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