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post #11 of 19
Sure we can offer you 20megs a second, but you can only use it 1 hour a day!!!!! Oh but it's so fast!!!! That's fine!!! Why would I ever be online more than that! I'm just going to watch tv on my google tv box and netflix anyway!......................

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OP: Agreed with others saying good read. Data caps just influence more loyal over paying consumers to find ways around the stupid limitations. Lots of things are like that these days ... and instead of anyone doing anything about them ... they ignore it or take the buy off from w/e company and deal with the problems they are creating later.
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post #12 of 19
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand they all folded under big business and the bourgeoisie just like we will now. We will never change.
post #13 of 19
I'm lucky enough to, when not in college and at my parent's house, have fast internet and no cap that I know of. So, until I find that cap (which my downloading has decreased - I used to be a big try before buy guy) I will gladly live with my great download, crappy upload internet plan. College is unlimited but on a crappy connection (in dorm) or blazing fast unlimited if I walk to my CS building. Too paranoid for that, though. : )

Down with crappy ISPs!
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The Canadian ISP's are a joke. Thanks to our wonderful (Communistic) CRTC, we are forced to pay horrid prices for somewhat piss poor services. I am with Telus, got the so called "Turbo" and I pay $60 a month. Recent electrical storm took out my modem and the whole line as well. So now I have to stay up and wait for the Telus guy to come by and re-wire everything. Great, now I will not get any sleep.
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post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by l1o2l View Post
AT&T and their caps.... pissing me off. $10 for each additional 50 gb after a 150 gb cap.
it isn't that bad to me but if they halved the price then it would be so gravy
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by -iceblade^ View Post
AT&T turned me into a hater of dodgy ISP's.



yeah, exactly. EXACTLY

you build out a network that can provide "blazing fast" and "high speed" internet, and expect people to send emails? maybe people who don't use it that much. i stand by my use of the internet, and will not compromise my enjoyment for the sake of a cap, especially if it's 150 gigs.

as soon as i can i'll be moving somwhere where the ISP's have no caps. Chattanooga TN is only 1 and a half hours away...
Yep. Im currently buying a new house and I gave my Realtor the odd request of making sure a specific ISP is available otherwise it won't be a viable option at all. I can't believe ISP greed is affecting my homebuying decision...
 
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post #17 of 19
Nothing new... there always is a monopoly, before telephones it was... well, I dunno but I'm sure there is something

In all seriousness though, Australia has always been worse off internet wise compared to the US(it was only last year that we started to catch up), however I can understand the pain in taking a step backwards. Australia has been doing that for the last 2 decades in other areas....
post #18 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by TitaniumClocker View Post
The fact that you'll gladly pay for a cap is exactly the problem!

Data caps are a great demonstration of stifling technology and taking a step backwards....
I wholeheartedly agree with you. I miss my unlimited bandwidth days, with no caps. But, what options do I have?

Where I recently moved to, my only options are Cogeco or Bell.

Bell's plans start with 25 GB at a blazing fast 6 mbps. With 40GB added for $5 up to a max of 120GB added before additional overage fees kick in.

At least with Rogers I had a 175 GB plan, and had discounts on it.

TekkSavvy is not available in my area either.

So yea, when you have NO options, there isn't much you can do.

I don't have luxury of playing the "I'll take my business elsewhere" card.
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post #19 of 19
All the more reason I can't wait for Sonic.net to grow and hopefully encourage other independent ISP's to start up.
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