Graham Davies Posted February 16, 2005 Share Posted February 16, 2005 My Internet Services Provider - in common with many other ISPs - is about to introduce a sliding scale of broadband charges reflecting users' monthly downloads. I was a bit concerned about this as I use the Internet for several hours every day, but when I looked at my average monthly usage it was well within the usage recommended for the cheap broadband rate that I currently pay. I use the Internet mainly for email and for browsing Web pages, and I hardly ever download large files. My ISP indicates that I could browse up to 5000 Web pages per day before reaching my bandwidth limit. That'll do! It appears the sliding scale is being introduced to curtail the activities of "bandwidth hogs", who download hundreds of gigabytes of music and video files and clog up the ISP's system, thereby slowing it down for moderate users. The "bandwidth hogs" will be cut off as soon as they reach their limit and may be forced to pay a higher charge as high as 300 pounds per month. This appears to part of a growing trend to make the costs of Internet access reflect usage, i.e. pay as you go. An increasing number of websites levy subscription charges, for example, and now ISPs are raising their broadband charges to reflect usage. I had a look at the language courses offered at the LearnDirect site: http://www.learndirect.co.uk Fun With French (Intermediate) is available only on CD-ROM, and other courses, e.g. Everyday French (Beginner) is available in mixed mode, CD-ROM and online, described thus: "With these courses you have a choice. You can choose to learn over the Internet, or combine using a CD-ROM with the Internet. If you have a slow Internet connection, we recommend you use the combined Internet and CD-ROM to get the most out of this course. If you have a faster connection, such as broadband, you may prefer to learn online without the need for the CD-ROM." If heavy users of broadband, i.e. those who download a lot of audio and video files, are to be penalised with higher charges, then this mixed mode approach appears to be likely to become the trend. This should also be a warning to Web page designers not to clog up their pages with large image files, audio files and flashy animations, and to to software designers to stop producing "bloatware". Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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