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
    Anonymous Coward, 22 Apr 2009 @ 11:46am

    Re:

    "Cable TV service is already tiered, based on number of channels, not on usage."

    "I don't think you can compare TV to Internet service."

    EXACTLY MY POINT, internet has always been tiered by SPEED of the connection, not on usage. Now they want to ALSO throw usage into the mix so that each tier has a speed AND usage cap. So, I think the TV analogy is fitting.

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