Fcc Urged To Investigate Internet Providers' Netflix Tax--er, Broadband Caps
Posted 06 May 2011 - 03:29 PM
Lets hope it isn't too late to do something about it.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 04:57 PM
And that's not even taking into account me downloading movies, games, or music -legally, I assure you-. Don't get me wrong, people who download a ton should cost more than people who don't. But that's the thing about bandwidth; does your grampa who reads his e-mail need a fifty megabit connection? No, he can do just fine on a three megabit, which nowadays costs in the area of twenty dollars a month. If you're a massive downloader, you're going get a faster connection, and thus more expensive.
Bandwidth has been working for the last decade; the change to capped data plans is simply laziness on AT&T's part for not keeping with the times and upgrading their cables. Yes, it's expensive, but tell me, if we used that philosophy, why should we ever gone to cable? I mean, we had dial-up, why did we need to lay all that expensive internet cable down? We should all be using a hundred kilobit connection.
Verizon nearly bankrupted themselves laying down fiber, but they did it too fast; other companies did the smart thing and spread the cost out, at a rate that benefited both them and the consumer.
AT&T, though? They're just being plain lazy.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 05:43 PM
I don't really think that Netflix is the problem for these cable companies. The problem is that they don't offer competitive prices. That's the point of the free market. I can watch unlimited movies on Netflix for $8 a month, but if I want to rent a movie on DirectTV, it costs $5 or $6 EACH. After two movies I've already spent more. Perhaps they shouldn't be so greedy and more people would rent movies from them.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 06:44 PM
I got an offer for cheap broadband internet... $25 per month for 2 Gigabyte of throughput per month $2.50 per gigabyte over that.
Of course, the throughput limit and price per gigabyte over the limit is in the ultra-fine print. Little old ladies that just want to email their grandkids are going to go over that and pay through the nose.
If it were $1 per 10 gigabytes, I'd be all for pay-what-you-use internet. $10 per month, plus $1 per 10 gigabyte block would be $30 per month for 200 Gigabytes of traffic... $40 for 300 gig and so on.
The carriers are still very profitable with this scheme... just not REVOLTINGLY profitable.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:01 PM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:35 PM
Posted 07 May 2011 - 01:37 AM
This is what the Republicans are arguing is the way it should be, without realizing what their rhetoric means.
Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:02 AM
Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:02 AM
I DO expect all of the above if I pay the grocery store or gas station a set fee for "UNLIMITED use" of their property. Are we back to that old "it depends on what the meaning of 'is' is" doublespeak? There's probably plenty of lawyer fodder in the various EULA's but advertising "unlimited" in plain English should mean exactly that.
If the word only means "unlimited up to a certain point" then that's what the consumer should see in the come-on to sign up.
Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:11 AM
Posted 07 May 2011 - 09:45 AM
And really this has more to do with downloading/uploading than anything as too many people do it and it kills bandwidth.
I have AT&T and I rarely have a problem with their internet. But then again I don't use their wireless service either so I wouldn't know the situation with that.
My thing is if AT&T is like this with their wireless you gotta think they'll do the same with T-Mobile if they win T-Mobile. And that is if AT&T allows T-Mobile to stay separate from them.
Currently I have a family plan on T-Mobile and have had since before T-Mobile was Voice Stream. We were thinking about switching to either Verizon or AT&T but as you can see no matter who you choose your gonna get screwed in some way.
So more or less it comes down to which wireless carrier provides you with the best phone and internet service and which screws you over the least. T-Mobile here has horrible phone and internet service and they've tried to screw us over every chance they got. We've heard bad things about both Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as well. The only wireless carrier we haven't heard any bad things about is US Cellular and it's not available in my area.
I myself am leaning toward Verizon due to the call quality, the rest of my family may decide on AT&T. But one thing is for sure, no more Motorola phones and prolly no more Android phones as mine became [censored] after the first year. I guess I could give an HTC phone a chance but I would just prefer going with an iPhone. My iPod Touch 2G had been an amazing device and I feel maybe it's time I give Apple's iPhone a chance. I am after all one who always goes for the best available product, not caring too much about the cost. Quality means more to me than value.