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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    Luís Carvalho, 22 Apr 2009 @ 11:15am

    @(former)naivecynic

    I don't need to attack you. You do it very well on your own.

    I don't even have cable where I live, and DSL only in the last 4 years. Even then, only at low speed.

    The most I could connect was a lousy 2Mbdown / 256 Kb up. Even tho, I had to pay 75€ plus the 20€ for the telephone line.

    I had to pay all that because I had a 10GB download cap, to remove it I had to pay 25€ per month.

    Now a new service appeared and I have a better deal, don't pay for phone line, unlimited traffic, IPTv, don't pay for calls, and 16 Mb down / 1 Mb up speed. The speed part is bogus, because it NEVER reaches that, but even tho is way better. Oh, almost forgot, I pay 50€ a month.

    But, there's not much of a difference in the amount of traffic I make between this service and the 2mb one, I reach the 400 GB every month.

    Be thankfull you don't live where I am, there's no OTHER option here.

    But, what I have, I USE. Trully use. To the limit.

    BTW, my income, monthly, is only 600€. And I have to pay rent, gas, electricity, 3 kids in school, and all the normal expenses of living. Compare it to your reality.

    A good day to you.

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