Washington-based tech policy groups send a letter, linked below, to the FCC asking them to investigate AT&T’s data caps for possible monopolizing. This is not the only company (i.e., Comcast), but the group decided to use AT&T as an example because it charges extra for overage.
AT&T spokesman were stated “it is narrowly tailored to ensure that only those who use the most bandwidth pay for it.”
However, I think AT&T is missing the concern from consumers. Consumers, I think, understand that if you use more you pay more. It is the basic principle of cell phone companies. For internet, the issue is that network capabilities have increased and that company plans have not. In the sources below they site 250GB as the cap for Comcast, this is the same plan that most cell phone companies use. Do they really believe that cell phones and desktop-based usage are the same? Of course not, it’s a matter of whether they can get away with it. 250GB is small in comparison to the amount of information someone, like myself, can go through in the matter of a day or even 12 hours.
As a comment on The Hill article says, “We’re at a tipping point between an exclusively commercial internet, and the historically free and open internet dedicated to the spread of ideas and the meeting of minds. If we let it slip now, we may not be able to get it back.”
I think this statement is true. Granted, as consumers, we all want to pay less. However, these are in a way censorships or blocked access to something that was designed to be the idea of democracy. Freedom of information and the free exchange of ideas. This is what the internet is based upon. I’m not against paying more for usage, but the plans have to be realistic. 250GB is not a realistic plan for desktop or even cell phone based internet.