Originally Posted by That Mew
But you you don't start a contract on a connection with a cap, then yes, yes it does mean it's an all-you-ca-eat buffet. IF you advertise no cap or limits then that's exactly waht ti is, by advertising as such you are aiming to attract people based on those promises.
I personally cannot disagree with you any more. If you are buying an internet connection of a certain speed then the connection and company should be able to handle you using that speed to the fullest capacity, if not then you're overselling it (and I think this is the same for the whole industry).
Data caps are unreasonable. You don't need fibre to get rid of them. The UK Broadband provider, Virgin Media, in it's long history as a company (Blueyonder, Telewest Broadband and Virgin Media) has never had a data cap on their connections.
No, actually, you don't have to state usage limits; you simply have to state the connection will be free of misuse and/or abuse, in other words, the residential connection will be used for the common and accepted "residential" uses. Running a home server or torrenting 24/7 isn't normal usage.
If you want to get really into it; You as an individual are subscribing to a connection; therefore you as an individual are going to be using it. You, as an individual, have to sleep at some point, and thus by reason are not going to be using the connection 24/7.
Your computer didn't subscribe to the usage, your servers didn't subscribe to the usage, you subscribed for the usage. It is more than reasonable to expect that you as a user aren't going to be using the connection 24/7.
If you want to get technical about who/how/what is being subscribed, that can be done very easily. Furthermore; there are options for people that want to play God with the internet and use all they want. It is called a business class account; want to run traffic at the levels of a business? Subscribe to a business class account and get that option.
Frankly people in this country feel so overly entitled to broadband access, yet they don't have the slightest clue as to what it takes to get there. They just think it is all unicorns and ferries that bring them to their computer, and drop them off with a Rainbow Fart.
Additionally; I love the argument of "Well XYZ country doesn't/does/has/can/did/will/me/I/it"
The argument is invalid, what applies in South Korea, or Whales, or Malaysia, doesn't apply to the United States. Just from a pure geographical mass perspective, the amount of infrastructure to deploy networks like you see in SMALL GEOGRAPHIC areas is beyond what most people can even understand.
We have States larger than these countries! We have counties as big as these countries! Think about that. Everyone is so quick to spout out their DEMANDS for services, yet put absolutely ZERO thought into what it would take to get it to them. That is just typical American attitude though, "Give me give me give me. I don't care how, just make it happen."
Now; do I have an issue when a business posts billions in profits, and pays their executives hundreds of millions, while their infrastructure goes to pot? You bet your ass I do! Unfortunately it isn't their choice, it is literally their LEGAL responsibility to post those profits. It is FEDERAL law that they do so, if they have shareholders. If they don't behave this way, then they are criminally responsible.
So what you have is this human greed factor, at the big companies, being compounded by Corporate Law in the U.S. pushing them to post huge profits. Well, if you sink a ton of money into infrastructure, then your profits aren't as high, and you have to worry about the law. It's an absolute mess!Edited by PostalTwinkie - 11/9/13 at 12:10pm