Why does the average slashdot user replying to these topics seem to show so much hate towards the ISPs for offering you 20mbps but not intending you to use it all? Have you all thought of the other possibility - the ISPs become honest and ignores their competition overnight, as you want them to, and we all get completely unlimited 512kbps connections for our £20 per month. Newsflash: your monthly broadband fee does not cover the ISPs cost if you use it 24/7. Why is it particularly evil for ISPs, when competing with each other, to have presumed residential connections won't be used to stream multimedia files to the rest of the internet 24/7?
Yes the ISPs should be more clear and include fair use clauses or even limits in their contracts, but then what happens when they do - we all complain that they are cutting our service back. You may want 20mbit for $20 per month, but if that isn't possible, *something* has to give.