I couldn't agree more with chsbiking's comment. File-sharing is the pillar of broadband. All one needs to do is go on the service provider's web-sites were they run simulated comparisons of the different connection mediums. i.e. ADSL, Dial-Up, T3 etc. Correct me if I'm wrong but do the simulators not demonstrate downloading Music, Video, & streaming live content over the internet. I'm South African, but it is my understanding that local calls are free. Well I suppose should there be regulation on what is downloaded let alone higher charges, then Dial-Up would be the better option. If one is gonna be downloading e-mail, documents, etc. Hell, run the download and let it take as long as it will over dial-up. It'll be a hell of a saving. In SA we only have one landline Telecom company. Local calls are not free, and I won't even delve into the expense of broadband. (ISDN 64k/bit '“ Approx US$20/month, ADSL 256k/bit'“512k/bit - Approx US$90/month (3GB Cap), Leased Line '“ Min US$400) So everyone survives on Dial-Up. And we do get the downloads and the file sharing done. Pay more for less & regulated bandwith, no ways!! Then it's not worth it. The money I save, I o have a beer with friends, and when I get home the download is done. Hell, I doubt that with the poor performance that Telecoms have had over the past few years that they can afford to allow this 'Regulation". It's in their best interests that they keep consumers happy, because ultimately the money they make is from the very people they'll be trying to monitor!!
[edited by Zweli on 07.08.2003 21:47]