Dualsub2006 expressed a concern about usage caps:
I hear you and as I have previously mentioned, we currently are not planning any changes in the way we charge customers for their Internet usage. Did I leave the door open to changing that in the future? Yes I did. We are keeping a watchful eye on increasing usage patterns and regulatory, legislative and business movements affecting these issues.
Indeed, Time Warner Cable is testing usage caps in Beaumont, Texas, Comcast is rumored to be considering caps, and the independent operator, BendBroadband in central Oregon implemented caps a while ago.
Then, on the same subject, Michael asked
I actually do know the answer to your question, Michael. I checked and found that in the past month, 2.1% of our Broadband customers consumed more than 40GB.
It would be helpful to understand just how much material 40GB of stuff really is:
- 5,700 songs, or
- 153 1/2 hour TV shows, or
- 80 1 hour TV shows, or
- 50 2 Hour Movies
That's a lot of stuff to download in a month. However, there still is an understandable concern about any plans we might have on metered service.
For instance, high definition video will require much more bandwidth than today's standard definition products. And it's great that Sony announced that they will bring You Tube directly to their Bravia HD televisions. These types of services will put enormous pressure on ISP's to consider how they will fund the investments needed to keep up with dramatic increases in usage-per-customer. We are keeping a watchful eye on usage patterns but we're not rushing into any quick decisions.
If you missed my previous post about one way to reduce the pressure on ISP's to begin metering, check it out. At this point, all ISP's are leaving the door open for future reconsideration on metered billing, at least if they're being honest with their customers.