There's a dangerous trend afoot: U.S. wired broadband providers are looking at setting up tiers of service, not based on bandwidth (speed), which many already have, but rather based on amount of data received or transmitted in a given time period. Some Internet service providers are running experiments right now; see Comcast targets bandwidth hogs in test.
It's not, on the face of things, an unfair concept. In some parts of the world, pay-by-the-bit bandwidth (or penalties for overage) is the norm. But adding capped bandwidth services to existing U.S. plans could be disruptive to the … Read more