$29.95 a month for a 5GB cap and 768kbps download speeds to $54.90 for a 40GB cap at 15mbps. ... If customers exceed their bandwidth cap ... they'll be charged an extra $1 per extra gigabyte.Even if I translate this to NZ$ (with a rough 1/1.3 exchange rate) I still get attractive prices. For the 40 GB plan, it would be around NZ$ 71. 40 GB a month would cost me around NZ$ 90 right now here with Xnet with a rather paltry 0 (zero!) GB bandwidth included and around NZ$1 per additional GB. And while I know that the actual download speed depends on the distance from the exchange and other factors, I can only dream of 15 mbps, of course.
Anyway, dreaming must be allowed...
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Attack on net neutrality right here in New Zealand
How about: Three strikes and YOU are out, Xnet?
ISP filtering in Australia: Think about the children!
Comment by sbiddle, on 4-Jun-2008 14:52
More importantly is the reason they are doing this - P2P
"According to Time Warner, 5 per cent of its customers eat up half the capacity on its network."
Flat rate internet is history. People are soon going to have to accept 9whether we like it or not) that traffic shaping is going to become the norm as well.
Comment by OldGeek, on 4-Jun-2008 15:02
As I understand it currently US ISPs offer all-you-can-eat broadband plans. If this is correct then the context of this pricing is that the ISP wants customers to move from uncapped to capped plans - and the only way to do this is to offer capped plans at a really cheap price. So are these prices really low? It depends what the erquivalent uncapped plan pricing is - but these 'low priced' capped plans dont look spectaclarly cheap to me.
Comment by hellonearthisman, on 4-Jun-2008 16:59
They have found a way to make money from the p2p downloaders
Comment by KiwiOverseas66, on 4-Jun-2008 19:41
I think its kinda of interesting when you see articles like this, and realise that despite the size and strength of the US telco sector, not to mention the wealthier consumer base it has to draw from (the average wage in the US is something like USD 46k per annum, where as in NZ its USD 23k per annum) - margins are still tight and providers have the same user issues as they do in NZ.
When comparing prices between the US and NZ - I know the accepted wisdom is that we need more competition. I'm inclined to think we need about 4 times the current population and about USD 10k per annum wage increase on top of that! ;-p