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Bandwidth caps could lead to ISPs benefiting from piracy
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 04 July 2008 12:34

Bandwidth caps are almost universally loathed, except by the companies that implement them
By Eric Bangeman | Published: July 04, 2008 - 12:15PM CT
ARS Technica

Consumers hate them because they have to treat the Internet not as an inexhaustable resource, but as something that's doled out to them. Each page they view, video they watch, or song they stream moves the needle closer to zero with the resultant overage charges. Tech companies don't like them either. Video services such as Joost and Vuze rely on P2P to deliver their goods, and that, too is going to keep the bandwidth meter spinning, as will an HD rental from your Apple TV. Even sites like Hulu and YouTube may see less traffic from metered households.



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