At least one major US Internet provider may charge users based on their monthly data usage, according to an analyst.
These companies are only hampering innovation. Rather than moving away from old cable technology, they want to prevent the future of content distribution for their own gain. Rather than creating their own service, or something better, they prefer to remain greedy and backward. Hopefully their customers ditch them if this ever comes to be.
Imagine 5 years from now the US is still known for its low adverage download speed. Yep thats right, if they have their way it'll be that way. "Sigh"...I really hope google's kansas project shakes things up for those who want to cap the internet.
Just sad. Greed is the only thing that matters in American business and politics. A world leader almost ranks dead last when it comes to internet speeds and prices when compared to the rest of the industrialized countries. When are our elected representatives, on both sides of the aisle, gonna stand up for us? Why is everything they do for big corporations that move work out of America? When are lobbyist (bribers) going to be banned from Washington, and anyone caught lobbying (bribing) or talking to a lobbyist get jail time?
soon, on all your questions, is my favorite answer, next to NOW PLEASE.
I can't see this ever lasting. Any company who implements this will instantly see people switching to a different company. No one wants to pay per data usage...
Some people do not have a choice. Where I live COX is the only provider available. I would be forced to pay what ever they decide or pay more for mobile broadband.
im not sure if theres something like this in canada but if this kind of thing happens to the company im using they can just forget about it i'll have to go to the hour a day internet at the library and try to fast read every information i can get, no online gaming or vice versa for me for a looooooong while
Ya man, this is slowly about to be come an issue up here in Canada as well. Bell Canada tried to bring insanely stiff usage caps that would have driven many people's internet usage up to near $100 per month. My heart doesn't exactly bleed for them since I pay that for an 80GB up and 80GB down data cap on my wireless plan because I live in a rural area. Luckily the CRTC and government called donkey shit on the whole situation but don;t worry - those money ass sniffers have something coming down the pipe that I think I read about here where they'll charge for the content type. Meaning they would have different pricing structures for the type of content you look at - For example: $15per month for 10 hours of video streaming, or $5 for unlimited Facebook usage. One particular "Promo" that comes to mind is how Rogers promotes "Unlimited BBM with ALL BlackBerry Plans" as if they're doing their customers a favor when we all know it's provided by RIM. Total garbage I know but I sincerely think this is coming in the next 5 years.
If we don't get involved everyone is just going to walk all over us. This is crap it seems like only rich people are the only ones to live a successful life in this world which is a disgrace!
We already have the slowest broad band of the western world....why not take a step back into 90s europe with metered billing.
Its not everyday that you get to say 'Thank God I am not in US' :P
so this is how the cable tv will try and survive the internet take over saw it happening yrs ago ,always wondered how they would counter act and try to prevent it . now im seeing , guess we will have wait and see.
I'm in canada and they started doing this to us 3 years ago, now it's everywhere and even though you pay for your speed and usage they still throttle your connection and limit your speed. So I pay for a50mb line but get throttled at 300kb/s. It's rape. Our gov takes bribes from big telecom and does nothing. It's disgusting. I pay more then 300 a month just for internet and cell phone. The nazis give me 500 mbs and 200 mins for 75$ = ( On internet, they give me 85 gb a A MONTH and it's only 1.50$ for every GB I go over... It's criminal
As far as value for our money up here in Canada, we do get bent over and pumped with no lube or foreplay(not even so much as a cheeseburger from McDonalds). When I look at the prices for Wireless communication in the US, I shake my head at how much cheaper and better it is down there but I'm beginning to see a disturbing trend down there that seems to be going more the way we are up here.
yeah i got a 25 gb a month cheapest i can afford since i rarely ever do pc gaming and only download a few there and here for my consoles apart from updates and facebook etc etc i even resorted to copying stuff from youtube just to save the bandwitdh usesage if i was going to watch the same video over and over again but if this comes to fruition i may not even get a chance to enter the pc gaming world espically steam this would be a big blow considering the service shit companys shouldnt be doing this in the recession times i wouldnt if i was running a company customers go first or we go down with them is my motto even if it means i have to lay off the fair game must be played
this article is misleading, the crtc did nothing but prevent wholesale internet from bring capped by the 2 big boys in canada, bell and rogers. Us consumers have been paying UBB for years now.
But you guys need to understand: there's a recession, things are tight and...oh, hang on, telecom companies are still making billions of dollars of profit...scratch that.
A lot of people are saying they would switch service providers if their usage was metered, I wouldn't have the option and I'm sure the I'm not the only one with that problem. If Time Warner decided to charge me by the bit, I'd have to accept it. I can't switch and can anyone really do without today?
Good luck to that company, lol.
i hope they do it, then Google or some other company actually puts an infrastructure in place and pushes AT&T and the other giants out of the market...
The only way to rationalize metered service is if everyone gets a standard speed, and that speed would have to be blazing fast similar to how electricity is metered. It just wouldn't make sense to pay for every byte, and then have to wait for it. (obviously not everything is going to be instant) But I'm just comparing to how when you flick a switch, the light doesn't come on 2 seconds later. Plus with todays streaming technology youtube, netflix, and what not, they shouldn't have a problem. I'll just find it strange when "buying" a movie of "PSN" that I'm paying 24.99 for the HD movie, and then the number of gigabytes it takes I'm paying a shipping fee if you will.
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