Quoted: on the move toward usage-based broadband access

“It’s like locking the doors to the library.”

Nicholas Longo, director of San Antonio collaborative work space Geekdom, on usage-based broadband billing, which could widen the Internet-access economic gap. Another common worry about the trend away from all-you-can-eat broadband access includes the possible stifling of online innovation, something cable and broadband providers dispute. “The exploding growth of online video usage undercuts any argument that cable is standing in the way of this business,” Brian Dietz, a spokesman for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, told the New York Times. But earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether cable companies are acting to hinder competition from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.com. Comcast and Time Warner reportedly have been questioned about data caps, for example.


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  • sd

    Dietz may claim that cable is not “standing in the way of” on-line video. That may be true NOW — but once they start metering, watch out. Given the greed with which wireless providers have priced data, cable companies likely will think of data as a cash cow, and won’t they be surprised when people start counting their pennies.