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Bandwidth caps, it's about stifling competition not "data hogs." DOJ? Absent, bought and paid for.
The Real Reason for Bandwidth Caps

+Dane Jasper of Sonic.Net explains why he thinks bandwidth caps really exist: to prevent the development of an alternative to television:

"My opinion is that caps make little technical sense, and I believe that the fundamental reason for capping is to prevent disruption of the television entertainment business model that feeds the TV screens in most households....

"As of 2008, the Nielsen Co. says that the average American household consumes just over 8 hours per day of TV. To replace this with some sort of innovative and interesting new Over-The-Top offering, it would consume roughly 480 Gigabytes per month (based upon Netflix consumption at their current top “HD” rate.)

"Keep in mind that this is the normative household TV consumption, so roughly half of homes view more than this! Add in day-to-day Internet use and clearly the 150GB to 250GB caps which are typical today are an effective blockade."

The other thing Dane points out is that even if "bandwidth hogs" were indeed the problem, putting in data caps wouldn't solve the problem, since it's not total data usage that creates problems, it's peak time usage, and the people who cause peak-time problems are not necessarily the same as those who use a lot of data overall.

The piece is well worth a read, and includes a link to a study of Sonic's users that analyzes data usage and bottlenecks.
I have always felt that our customers buy connections from us to use them. Abuse them. Hog up big chunks of the web. Fill up those tubes! And to just generally consume what they are buying: a big fast...
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They can try and stifle it all they want; alternatives are inevitable at this point. I'm far from the only person to switch from a typical cable package to a streaming device and Netflix/Amazon/Apple/Hulu and in my case NHL Gamecenter Live.

Cable and broadcast can't compete with that because I won't willingly pay to watch commercials for 30% of my watching time. Besides, I have somewhere between 'no interest in' and 'vehement disdain' for 90% of the programming available. The important thing to take note of is this; shows and movies that aren't available the way I want simply don't exist for me so I'm not missing out on anything.

If the media companies could stop being so insistently stupid and embrace change they could make some dollars instead of no dollars from me. And that's without even talking about the piracy question. As it stands all they're doing is auto-erotically asphyxiating themselves while imagining a world where they can force us to pay multiple times for the same stuff
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