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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    Chronno S. Trigger, 22 Apr 2009 @ 12:27pm

    Re: world?

    "I cannot believe there is this big of outcry about caps there, especially when there are no big outcry's about having to pay for _incoming_ sms messages.... or about the exorbitant price of text messages/per megabyte."

    There is a big outcry because we don't like our freedoms taken away. If we have something that is one price we don't like paying the same amount for less. We bitch to high heavens when our bills go up $1 per month.

    That guy who keeps saying that he pays less now than before the cap is lucky. Everywhere else our prices stayed the same or, in my case, went up when we got the cap. And he still never answered to what happens when the people who are now supplementing his connection go away.

    Yes there is a large outcry over paying for incoming SMS messaging and the price for said messaging. I hear it all the time, but I'm in the US.

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