John C. Dvorak weighs in on the issue of broadband caps:
While the exact mechanisms for metering are not yet developed, there’s no way that the current all-you-can-eat model can continue much longer. It’s stupid, and it contributes to complex problems we do not need.
Nearly six years ago I first wrote about metering the Internet–and I have not changed my mind. I’m now more convinced than ever that this has to happen someday. It’s the only model that makes sense.
First, let’s establish that your monthly cost for using the Web–if you are a typical user–should not change at all. By metering the Web, I do not mean gouging the customer. I mean charging per the amount of activity. The Internet is a resource, like water and electricity, and should be metered in much the same way.
Metering the Web would change the model for usage and growth. The one-size-fits-all model began with simple modem connectivity, and back then, it was difficult to find any way to abuse the system. But that evolved into the notion that you should get unlimited connectivity (which is seldom the case, anyway).
One size-fits-all became all-you-can-eat. But nobody noticed until recently.
I’m also convinced that not only should bandwidth be metered, but that it should be mandated by the government, and perhaps regulated the way the cable business and utilities once were.
Let’s look at a simple list of why the Web should be metered and what that would accomplish.
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