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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    Gracey, 22 Apr 2009 @ 11:35am

    [quote]You think that saving $1 and change is a good deal to go from unlimited to 60 GB cap???[/quote]

    For me, it's $1 a month less...better than $1 a month more for stuff I don't use.

    Since we have never used more than we currently use, unlimited makes little difference to me.

    I checked our usage history, and our heaviest use was 2gb. Why would I be concerned about whether or not it's unlimited? As far as I'm concerned, the 60gb IS unlimited because it's unlikely we'll ever use the limit.

    It's probably not enough for people who download movies and music (paid) all month long, however my daughter has the same service and they download a lot of movies (2 a week), and a fair bit of music. They've never reached the limit either.

    Download speeds for software, photos, etc. is no more than a couple of seconds to three or four minutes, surfing is quick. Why would I pay for more.

    I could...if I wanted get 95gb for an additional $20/month, or unlimited for $150/month.

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