>Comcast, AT&T, and some other smaller internet providers either test data caps or have them in active use, and this week CenturyLink — home to just over 6 million broadband providers — said that it's looking into using data caps, too. "Our competition is using metered plans today," said Stewart Ewing, CenturyLink's chief financial officer, during an earnings call this week. "And we think it's an area we have to explore and consider." Ewing added that CenturyLink intends to start trials, likely later this year.
Why do ISPs push for data caps? Why do they even need it?
Its a scam so they can get around net neutrality laws.
>put cap on internet
>offer package of services that doesn't count towards cap
This is the shit t-mobile does with "binge on".
I feel sorry for people stuck in areas pursuing data caps with no alternatives. I live in an area that has like 6 options for internet/cable so they knownif the pull any shit, everyone will bounce.
>tfw where I live, the only option for me is use dish and comcast..
We got verizon fios, optimum online, comcast(shit), a couple private companies, and even satellite internet if we want. Even satellite internet is offering 5mb/s for $30 a month. If this shit becomes mainstream, the big companies need a kick in the dick, or be boycotted. Some type of civil suit against them. Its not like theyre running out of internet or having bandwidth over saturation. They're doing data caps literally to squeeze existing customers for money.
>Why do ISPs push for data caps? Why do they even need it?
They do it because they like money. Either from being able to charge you more, or not having to provision for as much total bandwidth/transfer per connection they sell. It's 100% a "because we can get away with it" thing, assisted by the absolutely miserable state of ISP competition in the US - most places have either a monopoly provider of wireline broadband, or two companies that have an unspoken gentlemen's agreement to not really compete too hard.
As a person who works for an ISP in europe I can tell you sooner or later it will come over here.
Thanks to Video Streaming the traffic exploded in recent years and cross financing heavy usage users with normies is no longer an option.
American consumers are cucks who will gladly cough up a lot of money for convenience and a fancy marketing pitch, very few fight for better deals or take their business elsewhere in search of one.
it's why banks can get away with charging you money for a checking account that bears no interest and has a minimum balance, they know most people think changing banks is too much of a hassle to bother with, so they pay up instead.
As it stands Im paying $42 a month for a 25/10 connection through Optimum and I do get the full bandwidth 99% of the time. No caps, very few outages etc.
Its sad that people think youre being an entitled bitch when you talk about data caps here in the land of burgers. Im not whining about not having unlimited 1Gb/s a month for $25. Im bitching about companies charging $50 for 200GB a month of 10/10 with no rollover or anything and people are like "but anon internet is in short supply apparently. Just like gas prices gp up or down based on supply".
People are fucking stupid.
>data caps keep getting lower
>download sizes for movies and games keep getting larger
If they keep pushing these caps so hard it's gonna blow up in their face soon. GTAV was like 60GB which is nearly half of some people's caps. Imagine the millions of confused mothers calling wondering why their internet has gone to shit after Timmy downloaded three games he bought during a Steam sale.
Luckily my country got multiple ISPs competing for costumers so if one were to even try to put datacaps everyone would just leave them
Instead they are all switching over to fiber because they realize that's what people want when people leave their shitty ADSL service
I see, well that at least gives me an option if TWC ever implements caps.
Gonna be a bit hard to go from 300/20 (350/25 with over-provisioning) to 24/3, but oh well, I'd rather have no cap than high speed and a cap.
>a first world country does this shit
Google is starting to roll out their fiber service in my area, and the expansion has Comcast shitting bricks. Everyone I know is counting down the days until they can tell Comcast to go fuck themselves.
fiber is soo worth it.
30mb upload speed all the way up top in fucking russia
I wonder if they'll have a data cap only for their lower tier plans. I hope to christ that they don't implement it in my area. I have their 100mbps plan but fuck. If they data cap me I'm fucked.
How? Most people can't boycott as comcast is their only reasonable option. Comcast is trying to recoup losses form people cutting off their cable services since the internet is far better for consuming media.
How about stop fucking using comcast and go outside their offices with signs and megaphones saying that you're not gonna take this oligopoly bullshit. I'd probably go so far as to threaten violence but that's probably too far for most people. Just get a bunch of fed up comcast users and hippie kids from your local college and tell them about how bad this """""capitalist company""""" is and you'll have a shitstorm on your hands even if you decide to kick your heels up for the remainder of the time. If my isp did something like that I probably wouldn't stop until their name was synonymous with rape and white privileged.
a better way to do that is to advertise that they actually have a cable tv business
i used them about 2 years ago or so and they were just bundling with directv. i had no idea they do tv themselves now.
Thank you America.
I want Google Fiber to deploy faster. Not because I'd willingly give my data to a literal advertising megacorp, but because it's making ISPs shit bricks.
Capitalism doesn't fucking work without competition. ISPs can't be allowed to have gentlemen's agreements and plan out duopolies for maximum jewry.
>go out to protest
>pigs deploy Stingrays
>data on who went to protest mysteriously "leaks" to the ISPs
>get random internet outages or blacklisted outright without reason
>pigs knock on your door or tap your comms whenever some rapefugee blows himself up because you're marked as a "dissident"
Fucking freetards were right. There's no such thing as "nothing to hide," I just didn't have the reason to hide myself.
You can't because you're a fuck and voted for politicians that will gladly whore you out to Comcast.
>only have one option due to corruption and monopoly
>"c-c-ccucks! why don't they just switch?!"
My fucking ISP pulled that bullshit.
I get 50/15, but a paltry 250Gb/month data cap. It's ridiculous, there's basically no way to not go over that just browsing the fucking web and watching youtube, much less streaming netflix.
We've had zero caps since ADSL was introduced right after Y2K. If any company introduces caps on home broadband they're gonna go bankrupt real quick because there is so much competition here as we don't have an oligarchy like the US.
yeah you're cucks for not getting rid of the politicians that allow these companies to fuck you in the ass.
'occupy' movement protests tried but y'all niggers called them communist kids that only wanted free shit.
>switched to centurylink a few months ago because of the three local isps I can choose from, they were the only ones to not have data caps
someone save me.
seriously, fuck this. what a bunch of fucking jews.
Occupy happened a little too soon.
Shit's getting worse just in time when everyone's collective will to fight had been spent. Now that the economy is getting "better" (it's not) everyone's content to consume just as before.
>they're always bitching at me for going over 250gb/month
>but they wouldn't do anything about it
>now they're gonna start charging me
and on top of that I still have abysmal upload speeds. this shit is unacceptable
at this point all we can do is raise hell about it to our representatives, and hope that google fiber rolls out faster in more places.
the prices will go down only when there's actual competition.
>Comcast's apparent cap is 300GB a month
I mean, caps are awful and muh freedom, but how the fuck do you use 300GB in a month
Do you redownload your entire steam library three times a week or something?
>dozen or so megabytes of JavaShit per page
>another dozen of MB of images
>a couple of MB uploading personal data to third-party trackers
>operating system downloading ~1GB of updates without asking in the background (if you're using Win10 like the rest of the fucking neo /g/)
>a couple hundred MB on watching YouTube
>some GB if you decide to play your vidya today
And that's just in a single day.
The web is fucking bloated in a literal sense. You can blow through 300GB limit easily, especially if you happen to share connections with someone else in the household.
>but how the fuck do you use 300GB in a month
and thats not counting shit I download through firefox, netflix, youtube, etc.
I find it funny how different eastern Europe is from the west.
I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere for years I've had 100/100 for ~10$ a month.
But we don't really have unlimited 4G LTE, everyone puts data caps after which you're back to almost dial up speeds.
The best you can get is 300GB/month for 25$ on a 2 year contract.
TWC was protested into dropping their cap. We all just need to pick a date, rally some support, put together dome info for the press/general public, and picket outside our local Comcast/other ISP office. I've been trying to measure support for this, would you guys be up for it?
I don't have Cucktury Media (I'm stuck in a TWC/Cox designated duopoly street) but I'd be willing to join the picket lines.
>Our competition is using metered plans today," said Stewart Ewing, CenturyLink's chief financial officer, during an earnings call this week. "And we think it's an area we have to explore and consider."
>our competition is doing something to fuck over their customers
>we should start fucking over our customers too instead of providing better service and taking their customers
They are only doing this shit because each ISP basically runs as a monopoly in a large number of their areas.