04 May Broadband caps can cost you
What’s more important when you sign up for your Internet service: getting a lower price upfront or being assured that your bill won’t jump later?
That’s the crux of the debate over broadband caps, a pricing system some Internet providers have been pushing lately.
The idea behind it, as these companies explain, is to ensure that the most intensive Internet users pay their fair share. Many customers, however, see this as a duplicitous scheme to charge them extra for enjoying the Internet too much.
Two weeks ago, Time Warner Cable backed down from a broadband-cap proposal under which it would have sold access with varying quotas, starting at $15 a month for a plan allowing just one gigabyte of use. Each extra gigabyte would have cost $1 or $2, depending on the plan, with total surcharges capped at $75 a month.
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