[mythtv-users] Per-usage internet billing. WAS: Vote for Miro Integration into MythTV
stevehodge at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 05:02:04 UTC 2008
On Jan 21, 2008 2:05 AM, Stroller <linux.luser at myrealbox.com> wrote:
> 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.
> 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.
The main objection I have as a user of a capped service (the only option in
this country for full speed DSL) is that the over-limit charges have
typically been well out of proportion to the base charge. E.g. $60 per month
for 10GB and then $0.02 per MEGABYTE over the 10GB. If they can give you
10GB per $60, what's the justification for charging $80 for 11GB, $100 for
12GB and so on? They do this to force people onto higher cap plans - if
you're likely to exceed your limit even slightly you might as well go for a
more expensive plan in the first place (e.g. the $80 plan gives you 15GB per
I wouldn't object to usage based charging if it wasn't so obviously just a
ploy to increase profits. Though it might be fairer in the US where there is
slightly more competition. Here there is an infrastructure monopoly which
has allowed the monopolist to get away with charging their competitors more
for wholesale bandwidth than they charge their own retail customers.
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