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+ - Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps? 2

Submitted by SGT CAPSLOCK
SGT CAPSLOCK (2895395) writes "It certainly seems like more and more Internet Service Providers are taking up arms to combat their customers when it comes to data usage policies. The latest member of the alliance is Mediacom here in my own part of Missouri, who has taken suit in applying a proverbial cork to their end of a tube in order to cap the bandwidth that their customers are able to use. My question: what do you do about it when every service provider in your area applies caps and other usage limitations? Do you shamefully abide, or do you fight it? And how?"
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

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  • If you were fairly billed based on usage like with your electric bill, the whole usage caps thing would be moot.

    But you wouldn't like that, would you?

    • by sjames (1099)

      Since in networking, fair billing is generally considered to be 95th percentile of the data rate (not volume), that would amount to a fixed billing (since the connection only goes so fast).

      The power company fairly charges for amount rather than rate because they have to burn fuel based on amount. ISPs have to deploy capacity based on rate but it costs the same when it is idle most of the time as when it is fully utilized.

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