badbadmonkey - 12:21 pm on Feb 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
ISPs have to fit user's demands in with the bandwidth they have available to sell.
Bandwidth means bandwidth, not absolute data. I.e. a GB/s metric, not a GB metric.
They can't offer unrestricted DSL speeds to their customers on a GBps divided by number-of-customers basis, because that would result in either very slow speeds or very high costs, and inefficient usage regardless. The latter you can find in business oriented plans if you're willing to pay the premium.
So they design plans to encourage users to ration their own usage, using "metered" plans.
Or, they do flat rate, then end up forced to tier services as a way of enforcing rational usage.
Frankly flat rate is retarded. It cannot work except at very high costing if you want net neutrality.
User pays. You get what you pay for. It's honest and everyone wins. Deal with it.
Same goes to mobile broadband. Unrestricted data - what the f* were they thinking? And trying to stop wifi hot-spotting etc. What a farce.