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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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Apr 2009 @ 8:59am

    Re: Broadband/Cable

    There is not a significant cost difference to the internet provider for customers using 5 GB vs customers who use 50 GB per month so you should not think of it as light users subsidizing heavy users. This is just what the internet providers are saying to try to sell the idea of tiers to the public.

    There would be more of a justiciation for users who are using an enormous amount of bandwidth such as 500 GB or more per month compared to nomral users but when tiers are like 20 GB vs 40 GB per month, their is virtually no cost difference to the IP for those extra 20 GB.

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