Isn't the whole point of broadband to give you streaming radio, and streaming video, and high broadband webpages. There's not a lot of that out there, but the more popular broadband becomes the more bandwidth we'll use. It's just like anything with a computer, if it's there we're gonna push it to the limit. Same with RAM, hardrive space, processor speed, it's never enough. Same with bandwidth. Regardless of if P2P existed or not eventually every single web page will come to the point where you have to download a 10 to 20 meg file for every page view. That's when broadband is going to get really expensive. The bottom line is they keep trying to sell us broadband but in all actuallity they don't really have enough broadband to go around. No matter how many files you download at a time you can still only download so many kbps per second. Download two files and both are getting downloaded half as fast as if you would have only download one, and that's any connection. According to there computers if your downloading 5000 files, to the broadband company your still using the same amount of bandwidth, you'll just be using it longer. The bottom line is they want to sell you unlimited use but they don't want you too actually use it. They want your line to stay dead most of the time and yet charge you for it. I would also assume that if you used less then normal bandwidth your bill should go down. But somehow I don't feel that these companies see it that way.
[edited by chsbiking on 01.03.2004 03:26]