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For years, both kinds of Web surfers have paid the same price for access. But now three of the country’s largest Internet service providers are threatening to clamp down on their most active subscribers by placing monthly limits on their online activity.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/15/te...gy&oref=slogin
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All three companies say that placing caps on broadband use will fatten their wallets considerably.
Fixed.
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Blaspemy I say!
    
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Ooh im waiting for comments on this one.
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All three companies say that placing caps on broadband use will fatten their wallets considerably.
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Fixed.
Agree 100%
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I'm fine with this as long as they truly take "charging by the byte" to heart. For example, my grandmother pays $19.99/month for DSL... If she only checks her email every other day and uses the occasional "gugle" as she puts it then she should be charged @ a greatly reduced rate. I doubt she even uses 1gb per month. So if the ISPs offer a $2.50/month plan for those who use 2gb or less so be it. If they only impose "caps" to milk more money from high BW users then F them and the BS train they rolled up in on. I'm all about fair usage but it better damn well be fair and not merely a ploy to make more money.
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I'm fine with this as long as they truly take "charging by the byte" to heart. For example, my grandmother pays $19.99/month for DSL... If she only checks her email every other day and uses the occasional "gugle" as she puts it then she should be charged @ a greatly reduced rate. I doubt she even uses 1gb per month. So if the ISPs offer a $2.50/month plan for those who use 2gb or less so be it. If they only impose "caps" to milk more money from high BW users then F them and the BS train they rolled up in on. I'm all about fair usage but it better damn well be fair and not merely a ploy to make more money.
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I'm fine with this as long as they truly take "charging by the byte" to heart. For example, my grandmother pays $19.99/month for DSL... If she only checks her email every other day and uses the occasional "gugle" as she puts it then she should be charged @ a greatly reduced rate. I doubt she even uses 1gb per month. So if the ISPs offer a $2.50/month plan for those who use 2gb or less so be it. If they only impose "caps" to milk more money from high BW users then F them and the BS train they rolled up in on. I'm all about fair usage but it better damn well be fair and not merely a ploy to make more money.
I agree totally.
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yup, if it doesnt work both ways they can kiss my money goodbye. They have a big **** YOU from me already though.
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I'm fine with this as long as they truly take "charging by the byte" to heart. For example, my grandmother pays $19.99/month for DSL... If she only checks her email every other day and uses the occasional "gugle" as she puts it then she should be charged @ a greatly reduced rate. I doubt she even uses 1gb per month. So if the ISPs offer a $2.50/month plan for those who use 2gb or less so be it. If they only impose "caps" to milk more money from high BW users then F them and the BS train they rolled up in on. I'm all about fair usage but it better damn well be fair and not merely a ploy to make more money.
Ya but you know the greedy cable/dsl companies thier gonna still charge you a base high amount then give you a low amount of gigs and still charge you when you go over.
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