[QUOTE=CDan;2561358]The marketplace determines the value of any commodity, which is what bandwidth is. The cablecos can rant all they want about what it’s worth but if nobody buys it - it’s worth nothing. What they really want is the “overage fees” like the cell phone cos use to gouge customers.
So, tiered bandwidth plans are fine, and customers will decide what any given tier is worth. But the gouging for overage needs to be watched pretty closely by regulators, and customers need to receive a warning before it gets charged.[/QUOTE]
They already have tiered bandwidth plans. I think Qwest offers six tiers: 1.5, 3, 7,12, 20, and 40 Mb/second services. I don’t think that’s what this is talking about. Rather, this is moving to a system like cell phone companies use, where you pay so much per 100 Mb of data downloaded, rather than bandwidth, isn’t it? Which would suck big time.