If You're Going To Meter Or Cap Broadband, Shouldn't You Provide A Meter?

from the where's-the-problem? dept

With various ISPs implementing forms of capped or metered broadband, you would think it would be standard (if not required) that they also provide consumers with the tools to measure their consumption. Otherwise it seems a bit unfair to say you can only use x amount, but you have no way to know when you've actually done so. But, it seems that hasn't really stopped various ISPs. News.com is noticing that despite capping broadband connections at 250 gigs/month for many months (and rumors and screenshots of it), Comcast still refuses to deliver a broadband monitoring solution for users. If that's the case, it makes you wonder how accurate/reliable its own internal monitors are, and how it can guarantee that users actually get the 250 gigs they're promised. Perhaps I'm missing something, but is it really that difficult to measure broadband usage? If so, that would seem to be yet another reason that ISPs might want to stay away from metered broadband: the cost of developing a system to actually track it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Jul 2009 @ 7:31pm

    If you are going to make a post about bandwidth meters, perhaps you should research the subject a bit?

    As mentioned, Australia has it. Bell in Canada has it. Comcast may have other reasons not to have it, but their issues aren't a reason for all over ISPs to back away from capping bandwidth.

    Sort of like finding one house with a leaky pipe so the rest of us should live without water for the rest of our lives.

    Mike, you never cease to amaze me.

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