Wow! Talk about piling on...
I was not going to post again since I didn’t expect everyone to agree with my comment in the first place, but since I've basically accused of stealing movies I'm forced to defend myself.
1) I have never downloaded a movie nor do I hide behind a screen name.
2) One of the caps mentioned in the article was 5G/month, that's certainly too low. However, I can see that abusive users at the much higher 30G to 50G levels are a problem to be addressed.
3) Listening to a 100Kbit/s internet radio station for 8 hrs/day for a month results in just over 11GB total. That's just streaming audio not including normal browsing, web seminars, or program updates.
4) I pay very high business DSL rates for this bandwidth and I'm entitled to use it.
5) I have designed some of the cable and DSL switchgear that many of you are connected to even now, this is the infrastructure that I was referring to in my original comment. I also know that the providers in this market have canceled or severely curtailed infrastructure improvements since Q1 2001. Since bandwidth demands will always be increasing and the infrastructure capacity is not, the only way for these providers to maintain service levels is to implement caps.
All I'm really saying is don't be so gullible as to believe the phone/cable company is telling you the whole truth. They are certainly looking out for someone’s best interests, but you can bet it’s not yours.
6) Some of the comments above remind me of other infamous shortsighted quotes from the past: "…the entire world market for computers is maybe five", "I don't see how anyone would ever need more than 64Kbytes of RAM…"
Now we can add to the list: “How could anyone ever need more than 5G of bandwidth?”