Skype, as we all know, is one of the most popular Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services on the Internet. With millions of people using this program at any one time during the day it’s very easy to contact your family, friends, and even your co-workers. Another benefit to Skype is that rates are low when it comes to phoning regular phones, and free when you call another computer.
When I came up with the title of “Is Skype Heading Down The Drain?” I wasn’t necessarily trying to isolate Skype as the problem, but how bandwidth caps will effect Skype. Recently, there have been a handful of Internet Service Providers capping the amount of bandwidth one can use. Unfortunately, Skype is a bandwidth hog, especially if you’re sending video.
Take Time Warner for example. With their bandwidth cap scheduled to be implemented slowly in the next year or so, it makes it virtually impossible to use Skype on a frequent basis without bandwidth overage charges taking effect. This will not only affect the unique user, but the Skype community as a whole. When one user faces issues, it’s almost guaranteed that another bunch of users are facing the same problems.
What do you think? Will these recent bandwidth issues effect Skype? Will Skype follow a similar path, and implement higher prices for their services? Bandwidth, although cheap, is being taken for granted by Internet users throughout the world. This unfortunately gives Internet Service Providers an excuse to bump up prices. Should we allow them to use that as an excuse?