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We are already paying a premium to have faster internet. I can't imagine having to pay for faster internet and pay per GB. Maybe they should have like 20-30GB a month plans and speed be as fast as it can be? I might settle for that.

Then again i don't know how much GB I use a month. Between basic internet such as facebook and OC.NET to things like netflix and xbox live. I don't see how any of this is going to work if the consumers have anything to say about it.

People already have ways of getting around buying power and satellite. If this goes into effect I have no doubt that within 5 years someone will have found a way to either get around the system or find a way to get it illegally, especially for those who live near an ISP building and such.

I personally hate the idea
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Again the whole purpose of net neutrality, is to prevent ISPs from selectively slowing connections and blocking user content, Which is a VERY good idea and we need it badly.
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Mr. Genachowski suggested that instead of selectively slowing certain traffic to cope with congestion, providers could consider charging consumers for how much data they consume.
Edited by finalturismo - 12/22/10 at 8:46am
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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...

Sadly though, it will not be a reasonable price structure. We will end up getting less for way more. This is GOING to happen. Cable companies as well as the satellite companies are losing more and more customers due to Netflix and, to a lesser extent, torrents. I for one just ditched my Uverse TV for the bottom of the line DiSH plan(for the wife only). The content sucks unless you pay for all the premium channels, and then you are easily looking at a cable tv bill of well over $150, just for TV...

Comcast in particular knows this, and since they practically have a monopoly, they are going to use this as an excuse to ride out their aging network, and hide behind increase demand that calls for increased pricing.

If I were them, I would do it too.
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The ISP's need to stop crying about their bandwidth problems and install some decent infrastructure. Fiber optics or get out.
Basically this... you can't expect to milk the system that they have now for ever. They have to upgrade just like everyone else with technology, if they can't afford it then they aren't running their business properly.

If the future is internet then they have to make it accessible. The cable companies, phone companies and internet companies need to figure it out.
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i forsee hacked modem boxes with with an unlimited access becoming very popular very quick if these goes through.
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Basically this... you can't expect to milk the system that they have now for ever. They have to upgrade just like everyone else with technology, if they can't afford it then they aren't running their business properly.

If the future is internet then they have to make it accessible. The cable companies, phone companies and internet companies need to figure it out.
Profit margins are MUCH wider than production cost, that goes for all isps.

freestockcharts.com

If your in denial you can look up the stock charts your self
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Such a sad world we live in. The rich want more and the poor just want to get by. The rich get richer I guess...
there are ways poor people become more moneyed. speaking from experience of course.
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We are already paying a premium to have faster internet. I can't imagine having to pay for faster internet and pay per GB. Maybe they should have like 20-30GB a month plans and speed be as fast as it can be? I might settle for that.

Then again i don't know how much GB I use a month. Between basic internet such as facebook and Overclock.net to things like netflix and xbox live. I don't see how any of this is going to work if the consumers have anything to say about it.

People already have ways of getting around buying power and satellite. If this goes into effect I have no doubt that within 5 years someone will have found a way to either get around the system or find a way to get it illegally, especially for those who live near an ISP building and such.

I personally hate the idea
Oh I forgot about xbox live...more GB/month...
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Originally Posted by Maxxa View Post
Basically this... you can't expect to milk the system that they have now for ever. They have to upgrade just like everyone else with technology, if they can't afford it then they aren't running their business properly.

If the future is internet then they have to make it accessible. The cable companies, phone companies and internet companies need to figure it out.
This is a big issue too. We pay $90 USD to Verizon every month for 3 smart phones in addition to our $50+ USD internet bill from AT&T.. this is absolutely ridiculous. I wish we could get AT&T phones and internet and only have to pay a flat rate. Then I could get an iphone! Or keep my droid. Regardless its pointless for us to have to pay $30 USD for phone internet plus regular internet
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I'll go unibomber on the isp's if this **** happens.
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