[mythtv-users] Per-usage internet billing. WAS: Vote for Miro Integration into MythTV

Stroller linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Sun Jan 20 13:05:36 UTC 2008

On 19 Jan 2008, at 18:08, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> ...
> Besides--in the US, at least--you likely won't be able to afford to
> download TV or videos--even the legal-to-download ones--via the
> Internet...
> http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20080118/tc_nf/57895 and
> http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/T/TIME_WARNER_CABLE_INTERNET? 
> )  The Internet is just a fad, anyway.  :)

I never quite understand the rational objection to this. Sure, as a  
consumer of internet services I prefer an all-you-can-eat buffet, too  
- and I subscribe to services that support that.

But we don't complain about water companies charging us per-litre, or  
the electricity company charging us per kilowatt-hour, so what's the  
problem with paying per-megabyte?

Per-usage internet is probably too expensive at present - otherwise I  
might consider switching myself - but if a competitive market follows  
this course then prices should become reasonable. And there's really  
no reason why a little old lady - who only uses the internet for her  
email - should subsidise the high bandwidth consumption of someone  
downloading gigs per day.


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