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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  1. identicon
    naivecynic, 22 Apr 2009 @ 9:45am

    You're not listening.

    > But You don't sem to understand that the low end wouldn't really get cheaper. You'd probably pay about the same but
    > other people with even slightly more usage would be paying a ton more.

    Look folks, hem and haw all you like, but for me it would get
    cheaper. I would get better service from roadrunner for my
    $30 then I do from verizon for my $30 crappy dsl, so
    effectively it is cheaper.

    You can set up straw men, you can whine about how it will
    cost YOU more, but it is a better deal for ME.

    > No one really wants these caps (unless you are an internet simpleton),

    So not watching Hulu and not stealing movies makes me an
    iternet simpleton. I suppose that's better than being an
    around simpleton.

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