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Congress told that Internet data caps can discourage piracy

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Originally Posted by Daniel Castro
usage-based billing and monthly data caps were both good ways to discourage piracy, and that the government shouldn't do anything to stand in their way.

The government should allow "pricing structures and usage caps that discourage online piracy," he wrote, which comes pretty close to suggesting that heavy data use implies piracy and should be limited.
And I hear that castration is a good way to stop unwanted pregnancy, but who wants that either?

I wonder if this Castro fellow has any relatives living down in Cuba...

As people have been asking that we contact our representatives about this, here your go.


Contact your state representative
Edited by Zen00 - 3/19/11 at 1:31pm
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Fix your source link.
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It was done before you posted.
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sure it would discourage piracy, but it would also put a huge hurt on businesses that operate legally.


Try this for your source link, current one not working. Use "URL" instead of "link":
[URL="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/congress-told-that-internet-data-caps-can-discourage-piracy.ars"]Congress told that Internet data caps can discourage piracy[/URL]
Edited by k4m1k4z3 - 3/15/11 at 4:01pm
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Legal torrenting much?
    
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Originally Posted by k4m1k4z3 View Post
sure it would discourage piracy, but it would also put a huge hurt on businesses that operate legally.
Mm. Small web-businesses that don't have enough buying power for unlimited plans would suffer on these caps. I'm all for reducing piracy, but this negatively affects too many people. Hell, a lot of people on OCN use 200+ gigs a month.

Edit: Like others have said, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc. And hosting web servers won't come cheap....
Edited by Eugenester - 3/15/11 at 4:30pm
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This has to be a joke

The US is a backwards nation now?

Big Crapporations like Google/Apple/M$ are just taking control of people, setting up their pricing plans as if the technology is going backwards, and now the government wants to support that?

Good job, except you forgot one big flaw: instead of the Internet, piracy will continue, but this time on disks.

What are you gonna do next, randomly raid people's houses for "illegal" disks?

Information wants to be free, and you can't stop that. Plus, I can hardly believe anyone here who says that "ogm thoz piratz are destroyng mah compz bettar stop em"
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Originally Posted by Eugenester View Post
Mm. Small web-businesses that don't have enough buying power for unlimited plans would suffer on these caps. I'm all for reducing piracy, but this negatively affects too many people. Hell, a lot of people on OCN use 200+ gigs a month.
Not only the small businesses, but also the large ones like netflix. They would lose a whole bunch of customers.

I wont be watching their movies online if I have limited bandwidth. And I wont be waiting for it to arrive in the mail either.
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If my internet is capped, so much for having fun. So much for Steam, so much for hosting servers, so much for pretty much everything. And torrents aren't just for illegal content, it's much easier to download massive files, unlike traditional browsers. I get lost links on Firefox when pausing and restarting, but torrents go much faster.
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It's true though. Can't deny that. If you don't download mass amounts of movies, games, and music, where exactly does your bandwidth go?
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