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Old 06-02-2010, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Could this be an early warning sign that Internet Service Providers might also be forced to charge higher rates for heavy users?

AT&T caps phone data usage with new wireless plans - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100602/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_at_t_data_plans - broken link)

My cable company says they actually experience slowdowns in the afternoons, when kids get out of school and start downloading things like music files and videos.

For years, I've been asking geeks what will happen when our demand outstrips our capacity to provide bandwidth. Is there such a thing as a limit, or is there theoretically infinite bandwidth, restricted only by the hardware in place to tap into it?

If 6 billion earthlings all want to download data to their computer's capacity all at the same time, what happens? Besides absolute human brainlock.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:47 PM
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Location: Ohio
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Wired and wireless bandwidth is not in short supply at all. Bandwidth caps have more to do with television providers not wanting to lose customers to television delivered over the Internet. There is much, much more profit to be made from selling content than there is from selling bandwidth.

Next time you read an article about people cutting off their cable TV and switching to video delivered over the Internet, understand that those stories are a cable/fiber TV company executive's worst nightmare. Bandwidth caps are their last hope at preventing their companies from being made obsolete as sellers of TV.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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No way I would pay for how much i "use" my cable internet. I couldnt afford it honestly
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