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Instead of debating this issue on OCN, is there an active bill that we can reach out to our representatives about? Nothing will be accomplished by us grumbling here.
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post #102 of 168
What? Really? I have Brighthouse in northern Florida. I have been killing them with downloads. I wonder if a letter is coming in the mail for me? That would suck! I actually called them when I first got here and asked about bandwidth caps, and was told there are none. Maybe once they see my usage for JAN-FEB was 1+ TB, they'll initiate the kill switch!

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Yeah. Brighthouse actually cut my upload side from 3-4Mb to 1Mb. I was like...WTH?

I'd fight, but I'm getting ready to leave Florida. So, I don't care. When I get where I'm moving if they have bandwidth caps or something, I'll tell them I want an unrestricted plan and negotiate a price with them.

If I want to watch YouTube on 3 different computers simultaneously, I should be able to 24/7 if I want. If they don't have enough bandwidth, that's poor netowrk design...not user issues.
post #103 of 168
Below is a good website that is fighting Internet bandwidth caps.

http://stopthecap.com/
post #104 of 168
Sigh...use something blown way out of proportions to sway technologically illiterate fools into screwing us all over why don't ya...
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It was all about floppies in the day. Pirates would link up at some location and copy disks - it was a real social occasion. This was before it was feasible to do such things online. However, it doesn't take much, since I can recall pirate boards once 2400 baud became common.

Before floppies, there were the card wallopers - yes, piracy even took place with punched cards. I think piracy started five minutes after the first company came out and started charging cash for software.

Cartridges were pirated - and I can recall "50 game" cartridges, since almost all cartridges were based on some kind of PROM or EPROM that could be cloned. Hard core pirates eve figured out how to read out Shadow Mask ROM and pirated those things.

No measures Congress, or any government, has ever taken, has served to curb "piracy". In Canada, they tried putting an anti-piracy tax on "media", mostly CD-Rs, and that failed because the pirates weren't really using CD-Rs, but had already set up their sites on the Internet.

I think the best way to discourage piracy is to have software that is reasonably priced. I also think that "free for non-commercial use" is a good policy, because really, my workplace can afford to pay for the massive install of Office, but why should I shell out $300 for Office to edit or view, what, two or three documents a month at home?

In the end, anything Congress does will be circumvented by the pirates in the matter of moments. With the availability of ultra large SD chips of 64GGB and 128GB - I can entirely see that being an easy way to pirate pretty much anything. It would be just like the old days of "software trading", but without a pile of floppies.

Really, I think Congress needs to start working on the real problems that the nation faces, because the War On Piracy will end up being as much of a fail as the War On Drugs, War On Poverty, War On Illegal Immigrants, and so on.
post #106 of 168
Of course data caps discourage piracy; they discourage downloading of ANY KIND.

Not everyone who uploads and downloads a lot of data is a hardened criminal. Why can't the government be full of people who actually understand what the internet is
    
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Edited by Diabolical999 - 3/19/11 at 10:15am
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I have a family of 4 and we each have our own computers we all use Hulu, and stream netflix movies constantly... add in Steam, D2D, Ea Downloader and I am quite sure that use up quite a bit more bandwidth then the average user.
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Yes, that's it, punish EVERYONE to combat piracy.

How is punishing people who don't pirate, "combating piracy?"
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I guess they figure we'll forgive them as long as they're fighting off the bad guys. I guess the USA "can't" have piracy, so they're going completely off the wagon until it's stopped, which is going to slowly tear us apart. Do they realize how many corporations and companies will suffer with mandatory bandwidth caps? And what happens when an employee discovers his work doesn't have a cap, and takes advantage of that?
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