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$560 a month?

by henrycopeland
Saturday, July 1st, 2006

In the net neutrality debate, I’m firmly in the “more internet good, speedbumps bad” camp. Which is to say, I’ve got a net neutrality sticker on my laptop.

Yes, stuff like this “bugged router” sure look scary.

The other side argues that, with customers paying $40 a month for broadband, who will be incented to pay to expand that pipe? Mike Turk, who I like a lot but appears to be on the other side of this issue, cites a WSJ piece citing a $560 a month “cost of future broadband”

But, when bandwidth consumption gets to this volume, won’t the companies providing the last mile just charge consumers for the extra bandwidth? Charge per gigabyte per month and then let the consumer decide what she watches? Works well enough for water, measuring volume without putting any kind of extra filters in to determine what brand of water is being drunk and from what source.

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