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Re: An Attempt at Economically Rational Pricing: Time Warner Trial
Why does the industry as a whole keep trying to drag us back to the old days of Prodigy, CompuServe, AOL and really high rates per minute of access. I am old enough to remember BOS>c202202 <return>
The 'Internet' only took off in adoption once flat rate pricing became the norm for access. Yes there are P2P pigs out there but a more common scenario is the canonical "Little Old Lady in a Pink Sweater" with a compromised box which is sending spam at a great rate. Should she pay the $500 bill when it arrives or would a more prudent and rational approach be like some universities do.
i.e. Unthrottled pipe until you hit some daily limit like 1-2 gb and then your pipe drops to something like 64k until midnight or so. This keeps the 'pigs' in line and you might want to add a SUPER tier which would allow truly unlimited use of the pipe for $200-300 because for some people it would be worth it for them. It's human nature to desire a degree of predictability
in day to day affairs and as another poster noted that's why prepaid phones are popular now. Further with the compromised system analogy I purchased a prepaid phone for my wife who is a teacher so in the event it was stolen at school the financial loss would be limited to the prepaid balance, no multi-thousand dollar bill for overseas calls. "You used the minutes (bandwidth) didn't you?".
Ultimately there is no option but to build out the network as we have found on the university side of the house as digital instructional materials and entertainment delivery over the net will
become the norm instead of sending bits of plastic through the mail (except for luddites like me ;-}).
Patrick W. Gilmore wrote: