Capped! The Internet on the meter strikes back

, posted: 9-Sep-2006 17:28

Teh_Intarweb on dialup speed sucks badly, let me assure you of that.

The reason I know that is because I am over my monthly 30GB cap with Wired Country. I didn't actually know that I had a 30GB cap, but even if I do, there's no way for me to check usage on WC at the moment, so... a note saying I'm about to get throttled down to just a trickle of the normal speed would've been appreciated.

As always with these things, the throttling couldn't have happened at a worse time. I've got bags of work to get through that requires a fast network connection. Also, as WC wholesales the connection to my ISP Inspire Net, I don't see why they have to have monthly data caps like this.

Luckily, I have other broadband connections so that I can bypass the capped WC one. I hope email and everything else I run over the WC connection will be OK though at 50-60kbps. I am also "landlineless" at the moment, in an effort to see if it's possible to cope without Telecom service. The WxC VoIP service that I'm using seems to work just fine over the low bandwidth though, so I'm able make and receive calls.

The whole thing is silly though. It's 2006, so why are we still doing the Internet On The Meter thing? I'm sure some of you will say that you're fine on just 20MB a month or whatever, but that's not the point: with an increasing amount of communications services going over IP, data caps just don't work. They need to either be upped by a factor of five or ten, or die altogether.

Other related posts:
The problem with VDSL2, part 2
The problem with VDSL2
The mysterious Dynamic Line Management on VDSL2

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