MAJOR UPDATE FROM SENATOR
This was posted on the net @ 11:36PM 12/23/2010
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
December 23, 2010 | Comment on this blog entry
Smart ISP's would maintain the current service/pricing. Just because ISP's *can* charge per GB of use doesn't mean that all or any *will* charge per GB of use. I'd be willing to bet that 95% of internet users in the US don't use even 10GB per month (yes, I'm well aware of the responses people on this forum will have to that, showing their 300GB of use over the course of this month, but many people on this forum are far from average computer users). I can see that usage limit going up as we steer away from TV and more toward streaming media (that's already happening). I'm not at all supporting a pay-per-GB option, but unless ISP's are paying each other off to take the same stance nation-wide, this just won't work if other ISP's go against this and don't take on the pricing option. It will suck in areas where basically only one ISP is available though...
Anyhoo, I couldn't care less about this from the standpoint of that I don't use much in the way of bandwidth in a month (1.5mbps ftl). I DO care about the repercussions this will have for future "regulation" of the internet by service providers...service providers that haven't done much to open up the technology available that would advance the internet, yet have netted more profit in the last year than they ever have, and then hide behind their sub-par networks as excuses to charge more for internet access.