When we were sold the possibilities and potential of broadband Internet we were told that Internet 2 would bring massive capacity to users. Years later we are fed bandwidth caps, net neutrality and what seems a reluctance on the part of U.S. carriers to go there without charging us for each and every step up. Now we hear that even underdeveloped countries have better access. What’s up with that?
AT&T U-verse: (250GB bandwidth cap)
AT&T has tried to compete with Comcast and other providers. Recent moves however have pissed off users that are taking to jumping off ship in droves in favor of Comcast as an alternative.
Speed and price here are marginally acceptable, but we sure hope Comcast does’nt develop a purely mercenary mindset leading them to pray upon their loyal customers.
If you are really active and doing serious multimedia work it is quick and easy to blow right through your limits thus bumping you right up against that onerous cap and possibly getting your account throttled down to pedestrian speeds you never bargained for and possibly rendering your process retarted.
There must be something we can do about this.
Who is watching the gates?
Who is advocating for us users now being victimized for doing what we must? Forward thinking Entrprenuers are reaping billions with innovations that lure us to use more bandwidth and broadband carriers are busy breaking down the regulations and putting up toll gates and restrictions against our interests.
Going to the cloud can bring on a significant penalty. Getting throttled by your broadband provider. Backing up a multiple Terabyte drive will surely get you flagged and subject to punative actions. The result will kill your productivity and ability to get work done as before when all of your data resided internally and close at hand. OUCH!
A process that once took 5 minutes of sorting my emails that I used to sail right along has become tedious (30+ minutes) and causes multiple stalls that necessitate multiple restarts or refreshes.
Don’t give me that “innovation and advances come at a cost” bullshit, the costs should not cripple users or throw dirt in the game!
It seems like Jenga ora “house of cards or “Cascade of Dominoes” delicately balanced ready to collapse when one is removed or adjusted.