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1 Randall Gross  Tue, Jun 26, 2012 5:44:25pm

I expect some cable providers to head this way to combat streaming, but it won’t last. The broadband competition is going to blow them away. Other countries have demonstrated that high bandwidth flat rate providers can profit.

2 philosophus invidius  Tue, Jun 26, 2012 6:28:02pm

What’s wrong with paying for more usage? How is that different from paying for more speed, which we have already?

3 Effingood  Tue, Jun 26, 2012 6:29:29pm

Customers may not like it but they have no choice. There’s no such thing as broadband competition in America. Something like 96% of the country have 2 or fewer options. If the industry wants to go in this direction, not much is going to stop them.

4 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jun 26, 2012 6:34:02pm

The thing is, this isn’t being done because it’s gotten so expensive for the companies to provide internet service.

Cell phone data prices are ridiculously high compared to the actual cost of providing the services. Home based internet isn’t quite as bad, but the notion that without these new pricing tiers, things are going to suffer, is completely asinine.

This is cash grab, pure and simple.

5 MichaelJ  Tue, Jun 26, 2012 6:35:49pm

re: #1 Randall Gross

This would be a huge step backwards for the US to move to this type of service. We already lag behind other countries in terms of speed. I can see why they might need or want to crack down on data hogs and bit torrent addicts, but as Randall says, other countries have already demonstrated that the flat rate model works better.


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