"If Internet is all you need, however, TWC offers its “Everyday Low Price” plan for just $15 per month. This includes 2 Mbps download speeds, 5 emails accounts and 100 MB of email storage. Need to go faster? Try Basic (3 Mbps and $30 per month) or Standard ($35 per month with 15 Mbps). If you’re an online gamer or download large files on a regular basis, the 20Mpbs of TWC’s Turbo plan ($45 per month) may be the best option, while home business users may want to try out the Extreme plan, which offers 30 Mbps download speeds at $55 per month. Finally, if you have a large family or Internet users or connect multiple devices on a daily basis, you may need the Ultimate plan, which provides download speeds of 50 Mbps, 30 email accounts and 10 gigabytes (GB) of email storage for $65 each month."
- The first 2 Mbps costs $7.50 per. Fair enough.
- But then the next 1Mbps costs $15!
- The next 12Mbps cost just $0.42 per!!!
- Then the next 5Mbps cost $2,
- And the following 10Mpbs are $1,
- And then 20Mbps more at $0.50 each.
"Net neutrality" a hot topic again these days. Plus ça change, plus ça reste pareil. Given the amount of confusion out there it seems like it won't be the last time.
When people say "neutrality" they could mean any combination of:
1) dominant access or backbone providers should not discriminate between customers, they should offer a similar prices to any buyer
2) all / most / many networks must exchange traffic free of charge with each other
3) all traffic must be treated the same regardless of application
4) all end users must pay a flat price for unlimited usage
My view, as regular readers... < crickets > ... can guess, is that 1) is the only good version. 2) I've written quite a bit about before, and I still think it's wrong, but thankfully 2) is rapidly joining 3) which has been obsolete for years. 4) is fine when feasible but demanding it be a requirement of all forms of access is just silly.
But 1) is really important! I hope that somehow emerges as the dominant focus this time but I'm not holding my breath.
For example, in the US right now there's a real danger with Comcast: local access monopoly x continental scale + vertical integration with content. Huge issue. This is all about 1), but the general public thinks the issue is 4), which means "net neutrality" will be defeated as irrational whining.