Uncap the internet

Bandwidth caps are anti competitive. Companies like Netflix, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, and others compete with the standard Cable Television model. The internet provides people with more entertainment choices, you can watch what you want, how you want, when you want, and you can pay for the content you want and skip the content that you do not want. The old model of television offers consumers very little choice they are beholden to the networks schedules and consumers are forced to pay for channels that they do not want rather than be given the ability to pay only for what they want a la cart.

Bandwidth caps also hurt businesses both big and small. Big companies like Netflix, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, and others hurt when their potentials customers avoid their products in fear of going over their bandwidth caps. Small businesses like the TWiT podcasting network run by Leo Laporte suffer because they require a very large amount of uploading space. They also suffer when their potential customers do not download their shows out of fear of going over their limits. Leo Laporte has said that he has low subscriber numbers in Australia because Australians have such strict bandwidth caps, this theory is often confirmed when he talks to Australians on his radio show "The Tech Guy".

Bandwidth caps hurt innovation if companies that create internet products know that their audience has slow capped connections, then these companies are not going to create products that push the internet to its fullest potential.

Bandwidth caps hurt everyone businesses both big and small, and consumers like you and me. Internet Service Providers use bandwidth caps because they can get away with it, if there were true competitions these shenanigans would never be pulled on us.

It is time to demand an end to bandwidth caps, demand competition in the internet. Write to your elected representatives and demand change.

explicit_baron's picture

I really wish internet was part of the government I would support a tax for internet for all with no limits, the first tax that I would ever support. What companies enforce a bandwidth cap?

MarioDragon's picture

At least where I live, isn't this not a law in USA and mostly depends on the ISP (pretty terrible ISP if they cap you).

And the government controlling anything (besides obvious things they already do) is a bad bad bad bad bad idea. They need to make some sort of law where you can't cap it, but absolutely NOT control ANY aspect of the internet.

MrDudeMan's picture

Bandwidth caps will never disappear as long as ISP's also provide cable. A large reason they enforce caps is because they don't want you to cancel your cable service (because why wouldn't you when you can just have netflix). Cable in itself is one of the most retarded things sold on the market, you pay for "thousands" of channels when you really only watch a few, and you pay for the opportunity to watch a show, if you miss it then you would have no way of watching it unless there was a rerun (assuming of course you don't torrent). Also bandwidth caps will always exist if the internet is not at the very least regulated by the government. Canada is a great example of this because since the government does not control the internet/cable/phone companies they can get away with bullshit fee's of 60gb caps with $2/gb over. As well as imaginary fee's such as a system access fee thats only purpose is to nickel and dime you. Since the internet companies are in bed with each other and the government will not allow competition you have a disgusting monopoly going on. I'd also be willing to say things are going to get worse before they get better. 

SoFuLL's picture

thank god we don't have this in france.

Razzler's picture

The way I see it is that if enough people get pissed off at an ISP over bandwidth caps and move over to another ISP with a bigger cap, competitive instincts will kick in at the higher levels of management and bandwidth caps will gradually increase progressively over time.

Knowing the nature of the consumserist market and what zombies people can be in regards to electronic services *cough*iPhone4*cough*, the likelihood that this will happen is flimsy at best.

MrDudeMan's picture

The problem with this is not just the consumer market it is also the lack of infrastructure in US/CANADA. ISP providers have monopolies over certain areas of the country, there are literally no other options to choose from, thus they are free to place their own rates because there is no competition. The reason why internet is so much better in europe/asia (places like South Korea and maybe Japan) is because they have a nice infrastructure set up where they do not rely on satellites. However the large size of america and canada as countries means it would be more expensive to create new landlines as opposed to having a few large companies that control certain areas. Even the smaller isps that exist are often just reselling internet using a larger companies lines. 

pfro's picture

USA should be #1 in internet, but i guess that's capitalism.

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