reply to Nightfall
Re: [Caps] Caps totally confuse Me!!
said by Nightfall:of course it isn't how it works. and your analogy isn't how it works either.
I really wish people would stop equating a faster line to eating more data. That just isn't the way it works.
Some will use more and some will use the same. but overall the aggregate usage of all users will go up. over time, "users" use more data. What "users" use their internet connection for today is not what they will use it for a year from now or 5 or 10 years from now. Caps just show how poor the state of affairs for internet access actually is in this country and countries with them. ISPs that have them and never adjust them want to fend off the users that want to use the internet for more than just checking email and looking at kitten pictures. There is no reason why a users shouldn't be able to leave a streaming 1080p webcam of downtown Beijing open on their desktop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mark my words, the ISPs that make stuff like this happen without caps are the ones that will survive the next couple decades.
Yes you are correct OVER TIME ordinary peoples consumption will rise... however if you look at the "CAP" threads here, there are those that brag/enjoy using as much as the can, even if they have to delete to make space.
Those are the ones that NO isp desires at any price, those that use only what they need and are willing to pay a reasonable cost, are welcome almost anywhere, once the ISP has an idea of your standard/normal usage and the expected time frame that you will be a paying user, they can provide a quote.
There are a lot of reasons that most ISP's can't/don't want to serve the "I just check email" (and then download 200 TB) group.
I doubt any BUSINESS trained person will assume those that profess to pirate, as good longterm clients.