New York, NY
FCC This is such crap. Their function now is as a mouth piece for Corporations and all the stated definitions will be dictated by their corporate overlords. The rampant gouging and screwing of consumers is the new America.
This will actually kill DSL lines in many places, as well as AT&T's Uverse offering of 'pro' at 3Mbps/1Mbps.
reply to rit56
You mean the new is now just like the old? IMO -- I don't think it's much different now than pre-1996. Recall that we used to pay for extra for outlets, touch-tone dialing and long distance. However, in those days we paid more for intrastate long distance than interstate long distance. Given that we were charged for long distance, one assumed the greater the distance, the more the cost but it didn't work that way! There were also metropolitan charges that were higher for the suburbs -- even though that's where most of the population lived!
Today voice is virtually free and data caps are the new long distance.
Regarding the FCC's upcoming data cap definition, rather than look at what people use, I wish they would look at whether or not there is any sane justification for the entire concept.
The carrier's usual explanation is that most customers never exceed the limits and additional charges are levied on the few to maintain a quality experience for all. By this logic, we are left to conclude that the few are being billed significantly more than most and the additional revenue generated makes a significant contribution to ongoing network upgrades. If that isn't true, it sure smells like intrastate vs. interstate long distance charges.
reply to en103
It won't "kill" DSL, anymore than the wireless carriers have been "killed" by selling non-4G service as 4G.
I'd be curious to know why a 4/1 definition of "broadband" meets with such disdain though. That's more than enough to meet the needs of the typical residential customer. It might be nicer if it was defined as 5/1, 4mbit/s is borderline for HD streaming, I'm still not seeing a reason for outage though.
Slow upload speeds are the most annoying thing from my vantage point, though that was a necessary technical compromise back in the day, and remains so with services like ADSL.
reply to en103
It's not going to kill anything. The FCC can adopt these guidelines all they want, but they are unable to enforce them. They have no control over the Internet. They can not set speeds, caps or anything else. They lose that battle YEARS ago when they decided to let the Internet be an information source instead of a communications source. That was back with X Case over wholesale cable modem services. Now they need Congress to fully give them the power, and you have a better chance of being struck by lighting sitting at your computer than that ever happening soon.