The Future of Broadband: We're Totally Screwed

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As turtle-tastic as broadband is in the US compared to Asia, other than Time Warner's experiment to charge by the byte, at least consumption-based billing has mostly been a problem for Canadians. Until now. Justin from Bend, Oregon just sent us his ISP's new pricing plan, which makes Time Warner's look supremely generous: $55 a month buys you a measly 50GB running at a respectable 16Mbps downstream. If you run over, it's an extra $1.50 per GB. We hope Bend residents aren't huge fans of iTunes rentals—they'll chew through your allowance mighty quick. Welcome to what's shaping up to be the scary future of broadband in this country: It'll be faster, but it's either going to be filtered, slowed down or capped. [BendBroadband]

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Add another Alaskan who has had to deal with outrageous (5-15GB) caps over the years on DSL and cable. At least most service plans in the last few years are "unlimited" (or have an option as such), but the day they reinstate a bandwidth cap is the day I move out. A cap was annoying back when game demos were a hundred megs or so, but with streaming video, direct download services such as Steam and increasingly media-saturated websites like Youtube or the former Stage6 (R.I.P.)... you can hit a cap in less than a day. Ridiculous.