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What seemed like a vague industry possibility just a few months ago now seems like an inevitable certainty. Multiple carriers in North America are now either employing or considering monthly caps where users pay per gigabyte should they "over eat." But the move begs a number of questions. Not least of which is whether opening the door to overage fees invites a broadband future where ISPs use the nebulous specter of "excessive use" as a new piggy bank -- and as a pre-emptive weapon against competing content.
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Seems like befor long the rich get richer pretty good read glad so far dsl a fios aren't doing this.
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Silly. they increase the speed which opens up the door for super useage of their service, then they cap the bandwidth and charge for overages. Sounds like a cash-cow to me.
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I figured that this was going to go through when the rumors popped up. Why wouldn't TW capitalize on a fee structure that is going to net them more money?

Anyone familiar with how much bandwidth is utilized when playing online multiplayer games?
    
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Probly not more then a 100-500megs for 8-10hrs of playing but would depend alot on the game and how much bw it consumes ever second.
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Instead of overage charges, they could just base your monthly rate on how much you used. For example, if you just checked email once or twice a day, you'd only pay like $10/month, but if you ran a fairly active server or used torrents a lot, your price would scale up to like $60/month.

They could also charge like a prepaid cell phone.
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But if they did that they wouldn't make as much money their greedy remmber.
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But if they did that they wouldn't make as much money their greedy remmber.

Not necessarily. If you charge a low-ish base rate and then scale the service based on how much they use, the upper end of users could pay $100/month or so. At that point it balances out for everyone, and they should make just as much if not more than they have been.
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If they implement that here locally I would have to consider moving back to Qwest. Yuck!
    
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Not necessarily. If you charge a low-ish base rate and then scale the service based on how much they use, the upper end of users could pay $100/month or so. At that point it balances out for everyone, and they should make just as much if not more than they have been.
Ya but comcast says only .01 are bandwith hogs 16k custmers if they set a lower fee for the people don't use the internet as much which i would guess is close to say 25-30% they lose alot of money.
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Sweet... so far no info if Cox is gonna do this.
    
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