Eight reasons you don’t want your web connection metered

There is a PC mag article that is written by John Dvorak outlining why you want to have your internet connection metered, charging you by the byte for use.

Here are my reasons why you don’t want that.

  1. Elimination of bandwidth caps, restrictions, and throttling Bandwidth caps only exist because the ISP sells more than he has. Then idea being you will limit your use and allow him to charge for that 45mb connection 4-5 times. MIster ISP, just charge what you need to provide service and plan for the future.
  2. Promotion of higher speeds Metering will not promote faster speeds, the change in technology will. No one installs the bleeding edge technology unless they have to have it. It has been my experience that a year after a new technology has been release it has taken the place of the middle of the road. I remember when 100mb ether net cards ran $250. Now you can get a 10,100,1000 card for $50. the moral here is that the ISP’s will routinely change out their gear to keep up with tech and reduce maintenance costs.
  3. Moderate users would pay less than they pay now Metering would not significantly reduce the cost for low use patrons. When electricity was deregulated, the promise of lower electricity costs never happened. Sure they charged less per unit, but charged a connection fee to be on the grid. Any large savings was eaten up by that fee. If you want to ease the burden on the low use patron then stick to the current pricing scheme: more money for more speed.
  4. Download junkies would pay for their habit Down loading movies is given as a reason to force the down loader to pay more for the data. John doesn’t mention that it often takes days or weeks to get those movies! If it is something everyone wants then it can come down to the movie junkie at 50k to 100k, nowhere near the 5 mb speed they are usually paying for. If they have 10 of those downloading that is still only 20% of the speed they are paying for. A lower plan would have the data coming in even slower. These movie junkies are more likely to be slowed down by the cost of all those DVD’s and hard drive they need.
  5. Spammers pay more for junking up the Web Spammers are already getting around paying for access by hijacking every ones machine to do it for them. Why should we punish the victims of cybercrime. Educate user on security and internet safety instead.
  6. Elimination of the net neutrality issues Net neutrality is still an issue, the major backbone providers provide interconnects to each other at no cost. the Google’s of the world pay for their ;multiple T3 connection, to the tune of thousands per month. Why is fair to charge them so much for the T3 and then charge them to use it too.
  7. Development of IPTV mechanisms You will find it difficult to build an IPTV following if the costs to use that technology is variable. If I had to p;ay to have cable TV and then had to pay by the show I would use the free over the air signal and live with it. We need fixed costs for high use technology.
  8. Energy savings (aka “green”) If you want to be green the turn off your computer, and do your OS updates when you’d like to check your mail, then update your anti virus and scan your machine to be sure it’s clean. ?that should take you to bed time and you’ll get in at least one short message. Turning off your machine will not save the world, it will save you $0.20 a night. The power stations can’t shut down a turbine unless there is a long term lowering of use. If you are near a hydro plant then they are running full tilt all the time.

In the end the ISP community can not be relied upon to be fair to their patrons. Comcast has already proven that by covertly blocking traffic and then denying they are doing it. Asking for government regulation is no answer either. They would just add fees for p;rovideing the regulation service.
The argument that the ISP’s pay for the data you get is also wrong. they did not make the content, you did, or revision3 did or I did. We all paid for our connection, why should we allow the ISP’s to charge for content we created? Is that fair to you John? Letting Comcast charge their users to see something you made and they did not pay you to use? We all pay to use the net, the ISP’s just need to charge enough to provide and plan quality service, not gouge use like the oil companies.

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