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some people here really think that it is unfair that everyone is going to be charged based on usage, when Home A downloaded 10 GB last month and Home B downloaded 2 TB last month while both of them paid 60 dollars for the same service.
Do you complain the same way when you go to a buffet?
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Last I checked both houses had the internet on 24/7. Maybe they should be billed by the minute.
Technically, you have access to water and electricity 24/7. Are you billed by the minute? No, because that would be illogical. What he says makes sense. A household that uses 2 TB a month shouldn't be charged the same as one that uses 10 GB a month.
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This world is going straight to hell. Go look at the chart in the source. Most of us here are gamers, are we not? Well gamers are the LOWEST amount of internet traffic.. It shows "video Services" as the highest rated internet traffic cause.. Thanks youtube and hulu, now we're all ****ed
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Technically, you have access to water and electricity 24/7. Are you billed by the minute? No, because that would be illogical. What he says makes sense. A household that uses 2 TB a month shouldn't be charged the same as one that uses 10 GB a month.
It's generally "SOLD" by speed, and volume isn't a criteria. If the one family can't or won't afford the 60 dollar speed they can downgrade.

You people complaining about volume, are heading down a slippery slope. And once we've gone down it, "they" won't let you go back to the way it was if you ever changed your volume needs.
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sounds great if it's reasonable and also has a option for unlimited for say basic speed cost + unlimited data for 10+90 for 100 dollars a month for the fastest service. For basic don't allow it and charge it more per gb than for the highest tiered speeds. I can see isps abusing this and putting $1/gb+ and really screws up the customers
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sounds great if it's reasonable and also has a option for unlimited for say basic speed cost + unlimited data for 10+90 for 100 dollars a month for the fastest service. For basic don't allow it and charge it more per gb than for the highest tiered speeds. I can see isps abusing this and putting $1/gb+ and really screws up the customers
It's going back to the hell that the telco's loved. How many freaking packages do you need to make a phone call without being charged 60 bucks a month just to be able to call the other coast?

Does anyone remember? You need a pots line 30 bucks, local package, long distance package, call waiting, caller id etc etc. Then you have overage packages...

This is a better path, really?
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sounds great if it's reasonable and also has a option for unlimited for say basic speed cost + unlimited data for 10+90 for 100 dollars a month for the fastest service. For basic don't allow it and charge it more per gb than for the highest tiered speeds. I can see isps abusing this and putting $1/gb+ and really screws up the customers
Anything near $1/gb will be the end of digital distribution. This alone is teetering on the end of mass digital distribution. So what's the futre, digital distribution or $/GB or tiered internet? They're all conflicting.
 
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It's generally "SOLD" by speed, and volume isn't a criteria. If the one family can't or won't afford the 60 dollar speed they can downgrade.

You people complaining about volume, are heading down a slippery slope. And once we've gone down it, "they" won't let you go back to the way it was if you ever changed your volume needs.
Of course internet access is sold by speed (as of now in most locations). But that doesn't have anything to do with what I'm arguing. To use your buffet example, do you know any buffets where one customer's order varies from another's by an order of magnitude? People in buffets can be predicted to eat a certain amount of food, while with internet use the difference can be enormous, leading to a volume based pricing to be more fair (depending on the price per GB). Slippery slope is a logical fallacy.
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A tiered internet would kill services like Netflix and Hulu. That season of House downloaded from Netflix would end up costing much more than the one bought in a B&M store.

This would kill any internet distribution service.
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If it was a $1/GB I would be okay with it. Aside from a little Netflix instant watching, I play TF2 and surf the internetz. I don't know how much bandwidth it takes to play games, but I am sure it's nothing compared with downloading torrents like a lot of people do...
$1/gb would be insane. Lots of people would have to pay $250+ per month. I'm thinking $.20/gb at most and even that would be high (consider this would include both uploads and downloads). Unless you have a bandwidth monitor program, you don't realize how fast you can rack up the data.

The problem here is that ISPs are not truly a free market - the cost of entry is too high. It's just too impractical for another company to start digging up the roads to install their own fiber optic lines. So we give one company a monopoly over an area as a practical measure - which means we also need to make them play fair so they don't abuse their power.

The thing about this too, is that I doubt they're going to start giving steep discounts to the old grannies that only check their e-mail but pay their $50 a month. They'd probably want it to be like a $40 base charge plus a certain cost per gb, so it wouldn't even really benefit those people.
    
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