Comments on: Free ride ending for U.S. wireless bandwidth hogs Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: ramonbnuezjr Tue, 08 Jun 2010 12:27:41 +0000 I love how AT&T states “better aligned with natural consumer behavior.” It seems that AT&T is (re)defining “natural” and telling its subscribers that they really don’t need unlimited plans.

Listen, this has nothing to do with what “natural behavior” but everything to do with protecting its infrastructure. The smartphone ecosystem is growing aggressively and by 2014 mobile data traffic will increase 50 x’s what it was in 2009. The majority of that traffic will be user generated and video. Additionally — Cisco’s VNI report states that by 2014 the data traveling the Internet will be 63.9 EB per month.

AT&T understands these numbers intimately and they will jealously defend its infrastructure. Additionally, AT&T is in in the process of upgrading its radio interfaces to HSPA+ and LTE. They will need to upgrade their core network to 4G — for LTE Advanced. This is a fare amount of CAPEX and OPEX being invested — someone has to pay for it.

By: DanHess Mon, 07 Jun 2010 10:55:06 +0000 Excellent post. The way Felix has been having conniptions on this topic, you would think business aren’t free to set prices on their products!

By: Uriel Sun, 06 Jun 2010 18:25:11 +0000 The toll is going to be high on internet junkies, but at the same time low internet users will have their bill slashed.
It is a good thing in the short run.
But if we consider a long term projection, internet usage will eventually grow for everyone indiscriminately at an exponential rate and so will the revenues of the telecoms who adopt pay as you go plans.
I recall a couple of weeks ago telecoms were trying to tax google because its ads and youtube were syphoning a huge chunk of the bandwidth. CEOs getting greedy and jealous, huh?
If the fad takes on, no more all you can eat buffet for the users.

By: Benny_Acosta Thu, 03 Jun 2010 14:46:45 +0000 Funny that high users of bandwidth are called hogs. Especially when every single commercial and advertisement for internet connectivity extols the virtues of using the Internet for everything.

They want you to use lots of bandwidth, but only if the usage is metered so that they can charge you an arm and a leg. The fact of the matter is that “hog” usage is going to become the norm. As more people get on line to pay their bills, watch TV, make travel plans, look for work, etc… the Internet becomes more and more of a necessity for average users. This type of pricing model will be used to bleed people dry by charging for every single activity on the net.

Metering also opens the door to privacy invasion. It’s not a far reach from logging access times to logging access content. Metering also encourages companies to put off upgrading and expanding bandwidth capacity. Slower networks require more time on line to download the same amount of data. That can translate into higher costs for consumers for lower quality service.

Tax payers helped to build the Internet backbone throughout the Nation. They should remember that and not allow telecoms to nickel and dime you out of the Internet.