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Sunday June 15, 2008 2:55 pm

Internet Charges May Rise to a Whole ‘Nother Level

ATT&TWe remember a time (about 15 years ago) when we were allotted only so many hours on the Net. If you were really addicted, that meant you either had to go online with a stopwatch, reconnect occasionally, or be charged for a business account. Nowadays you can go 24/7 and most providers will offer you a good deal for doing so. For example, knowing that about 1 in seven no longer have landlines, Verizon will be offering discounts to those who don’t but order Internet or TV service. Their Flex Double Play begins this week allowing customer discounts of $8.00 to $12.00 a month if you combine their wireless plan with FiOS TV or broadband.

On the swing side, AT&T is thinking of charging more for those who download too much data. Spokesperson Michael Coe claims that about 5% of their DSL customers use 46% of their bandwidth, while overall usage doubles every year and a half. Time Warner is already charging its customers in Beaumont, Texas, who go over their bandwidth limit $1.00 per gigabyte. If you are one of those who downloads movies and TV shows, especially in hi-def, don’t move to the Lonestar state.

What do you guys think? Should we be charged extra for services that companies are pushing on us to the max? Or should we all go out and purchase a Roku and spend the $8.99 a month before our Internet overcharges become excessive?

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I read an article a while ago where AT&T;stated that in 4 years one family would use the same amount of bandwith that everyone on the internet used today. Saying that the internet as a whole needs to be re-thought out (the equipment used and such)

Obviously an exageration, but certainly some truth to it.

So why is a company that has this foresight trying to add expenses onto people, instead of trying to look for a way to solve the problem by optimizing the hardware used and such, like they themselves suggested needed to be done?

I agree with you. Why is a company with such foresight not attempting to find a solutions: 
Because they are in the market to make money for the service they provide, and if they have customers that have become accustom to using their service when ever they want. They think that the customer will pay what ever the going rate for that service is.  NOT!

Metered internet access will be a PITA. If providers go that way, then they need to block on their end any spam or adds I do not want. Why should I be billed for that junk.
Just give me an unfiltered pipe to the Internet, keep your bundled addons (homepage/email/shares) and I’ll run my own server(s), thank you.
If they are going to oversell their services, they need to overbuild their infrastructure too.

thats so stupid internet is not a big truck its series of tube, i shouldnt have to pay for my useage on the tube becase the internets that go thorught those tubes i cant touch. its untangable. you dont get charged for how much u wach t.v. do you!

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