Much of this is quoted from an article that gives a general overview of "Capping". The major Broadband Companies either have or will soon be putting data limit restrictions on their customers, either charging them additional monies for "blocks" of additional data, or simply cutting them off. Who is and isn't is featured in a chart linked below.
Most will consider the limits of 150-250 Gigabits not that daunting-if you swallow the information provided by the companies, but if you or family is into Gaiming, Online Education/Courses or you use YouTube, watch Alt Media of any kind in HD or Blu-Ray HD, you'll find that limit reached faster than you would have thought.
For most folks who are already "bundled" and who are regularly frightened by the ongoing litany of Terror events" designed to get us to accept ever more Government snooping and intervention in our lives for our own "Security", you probably won't see this as anything other than another conspiracy.
However, I DON'T watch Cable, the MSM and get my News, Entertainment and Information entirely from the Internet-hell, I don't even do online gaming, but likely this would double my monthly bill if I stay with MediaCom. How many of us can really add that to our current monthly bills?
But, if they can meter your usage accurately, they can MONITOR it, as well. But worse, such "connectivity creates a two-way communications port. What fun might we experience then? Also-didn't we get rid of SOPA, FISPA, etc...but isn't this all that back on steroids without our approval? Oh, and if you're an Internet Entrepreneur or an 'Indie' Artist, you just got schtupped.
The article adds some details, and the links below add much more:
"Broadband caps are spreading across the U.S., and even if Comcast did recently raise its cap of four years from 250 GB a month to 300 GB, the growth of usage based broadband is a negative and insidious trend that could hurt our ability to innovate. So I’ve documented which ISPs have caps, and how they have structured them in the chart below, as a way to help people understand who is capping their service and why. The chart contains the top ISPs, and covers more than 80 percent of actual subscribers.
[See Article & Chart: http://gigaom.com/2012/10/01/data-caps-chart/]
What we talk about when we talk about caps.
The rise in caps has let ISPs influence the internet in subtle ways — most of which seem harmful to innovation. The first is to take away the idea that wireline broadband is an unlimited service, despite the ability of smaller ISPs to build out networks that don’t come equipped with caps. As you can see from the chart below, most of the ISPs are implementing overage charges associated with their caps. This isn’t really about managing their networks for congestion. If it were, they’d implement a different type of pricing model that cost users more to surf at peak times. No, this is about protecting their entrenched TV businesses as well as keeping the price for service high, despite the decreasing costs to send traffic over the network.
It’s also about grabbing more of the profits from the growth in internet services such as Netflix and Google, although caps take out those frustrations on users as opposed to the over-the-top providers. Instead of providing faster speeds for users and encouraging the growth of services that would require users to upgrade to those speeds, ISPs have taken their control of the last mile and are charging for bytes. So instead of paying more for better service, customers will pay more for what they use. This is a model that works for certain industries (think gasoline and electricity) but when it comes to encouraging more usage and innovation on the internet, the utility model seems short-sighted. Other ISPs may be thinking this same way.
For example, what if Intel had told game developers or Microsoft not to write software that would stress its chips — or penalized programmers for every megahertz of performance they used over a certain threshold? We’d end up with crappy software running on slower machines. Instead Intel encouraged people to write software for its chips and invested billions in making them faster so people would upgrade. Along the way it opened up market after market for the PC. Utility industries aren’t typically hotbeds of innovation.
The Federal Communications Commission, which is charged with tracking the spread and quality of U.S. broadband, has so far been quiet on this issue, not even collecting data to track how the shift to capped broadband has affected users, much less the industry. That may be changing. But it’s time that we ask if we want the internet to look like the utility or a source of continued innovation.
Who's Capping, and More Important, Who ISN'T: http://gigaom.com/2012/10/01/data-caps-chart/
News About "Capping": http://stopthecap.com/
Disagree With A Mogul?: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Lawsuit-Over-7-Comcast-Modem-Fee-Dismissed-124191
They Want To Control More Than Just Communications: http://www.fiercecable.com/special-reports/comcast-leads-cables-push-cut-13b-home-security-and-automation-market-0HAd; http://www.fiercecable.com/story/att-rolls-digital-life-home-automation-service-comcast-time-warner-cable-co/2013-04-26?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal
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