I don’t know about you, but the idea of being asked to give up some of the completely USELESS TV channels targeting niches that, frankly, are better left to podcasting (in my opinion) is fine with me. That being said, I will say that unlike some areas of the world that tolerate it, cable companies even pondering the idea of metered bandwidth are asking for trouble. Not because the pay as you go model is evil per se, rather the fact that we know that these additional fees will almost certainly be added to a mildly reduced monthly rate. And yes, we also know that little of this will actually be used for growing their network of bandwidth available resources.
Sadly, it has taken years for the market to finally even begin to resemble something that is competitive on the broadband front. With the phone companies slowly branching out beyond the DSL world and into something with more growth potential like fiber-based Internet connectivity (Verizon FiOS is one example), we are hopefully going to see cable users awake from their nightmare with the realization that being tortured by a single company’s policies is finally a choice, not a fact of life. Previous to this growth and for many still, it remains a sad fact of life unfortunately.
This article linked above does a nice job at highlighting what feels like broadband futility here in the US. But as expected, many individuals have pointed to government broadband as the solution which is hysterical considering how ineffective government is at running ANYTHING? I mean, you think tech support is bad now — let government take over; then let’s talk. 😉
The real “fix” is to remove the restrictive policies that allowed the cable companies to put their teeth to the consumers in the first place. Make it extremely attractive, financially, for potential competitors to CHOOSE to invest billions in newly laid fiber throughout the US. Love it, hate it or just tolerate it, money is the world’s motivator. It is neither evil nor a salvation for what ails us. It is merely a means to an end — a method for motivating those who might otherwise turn a blind eye to the millions of rural residents that will never have broadband at all. And it is also a way to affect change for those who are limited to really poorly performing, expensive cable Internet that is the only broadband choice available.