Originally Posted by SgtSpike
I don't see any reason it shouldn't be pay per use. It's like electricity... should we all pay the same electric bill despite having vastly different usages?
And you might argue that an electric company can enable/disable electric generators at will to meet demand, which is mostly true, but an ISP must put in place infrastructure to support higher demand, which is kind of like permanently "switching on" another generator. In order to cover those costs, they should up the bill of those who are consuming the majority of the bandwidth that caused them to have to do an infrastructure upgrade in the first place.
Give me internet with:
$10 base fee each month
...and I'd be a happy camper.
I would probably not have too much trouble with $0.10 per gigabyte, but do you really think these companies can think in numbers that small? no.
If anything they will look at how people pay for established pay-as-you go Cellular internet services, where a $20 card might get you 5GB of data or less. they'll look at that and think they can charge just as much, especially because of the lack of competition (which is why the US is in this mess to begin with, because the isp's sued/bribed against fairness/competition regulations)
Originally Posted by MediaRocker
Data caps are bull feces. I don't mind paying for my internet, but data caps are just a scam to pull in extra profit. I have a AT&T 3G wireless card I use when I'm away from a hotspot and got charged ~$80 for exceeding my monthly allowable bandwidth (with an UNLIMITED PLAN) and I didn't even get a warning or anything about it. To make matters worse, I already pay ~80 for the service to begin with. What the hell is going on? I had an Alltel 3G wireless card, paid ~50 a month for it and had UNLIMITED access. Now AT&T buys out Alltel and I'm forced to deal with their crap? Something has to be done about usage based billing. I can understand if you pay on the basis of usage, however if you have an "Unlimited" plan you better damn well be receiving UNLIMITED instead of this scandalous "Unlimited until you reach 2GB of data transfer" Bull.
It's horrible. And to make things worse ISPs throttle you, and limit your transfer rate when they see fit. I'm not paying ~120 a month so you can just jerk me around! I want my 12MBPS down and 1MBPS up. I can understand 11, maybe even 10. But throttling me to 4MBPS down 112KBPS up is UNACCEPTABLE.
Thankfully, the Monopoly around here for ISP and Cable is ending soon now that another company is coming in.
It's sickening how these companies get away with this. I understand I have to pay for my services, but I draw the line at capping my data! I'll willingly pay a little more if I have to! You don't need to cap me off and overcharge me!
Put simply It's a SCAM! It benefits them and only them.
I Agree. Just another way for them to get more money without actually innovating......