Originally Posted by B Leisle
I could see some kind of surcharge for "excess" usage, but defining excessive could be tricky since customers have become accustomed to a flat fee pricing schedule since the mid-late 90's.
If they do this, I would be pissed as well should any customer who doesn't ever come close to the cap. Think about the business model. Right now, all of the customers in the lowest tier are subsidizing the bandwith that the highest tiered customers are gobbling up. We all pay a flat rate, so when I use 10% of what I could, and you use 110% of what is allowed, it more than balances out in favor of the ISP.
If they change it to a flat-rate + premium tier (kinda like phone companies that charge by the minute once you go over your allotment), then I still pay a flat rate and subsidize your excess, but they also get compensated for the excess by the end-user. So, assuming it would normally balance out (big assumption), they are now being paid double for the excess amount.
If any company is going to do this it should be a pure continuum and sliding scale, like utilities companies use. You pay for what you use, period. But will that ever happen? Probably not.
Originally Posted by makeusleep
Paying tiered prices for internet usage is exactly how it should be. Why should I foot the bill for someone downloading 100GB a month?
Exactly, lower tiered customers are already
footing the bill for higher tiered customers like I said above. It either stays that way or goes to a complete sliding scale.