Will Your ISP Start Limiting Your Web Use?

Some of the top Internet Service Providers  are thinking about limiting how much a user can do on the internet, under basic packages.  So if you hit your bandwidth limit in the middle of the month, you either have to pay more money or go the rest of the month without internet.  For most, that is a big problem.  Chances are, if I am awake and at home, I am in front of my computer.  When I am not at home, I have my Blackberry Curve 8330.

If ISPs start curbing internet usage, I have a feeling that there will be a huge public outcry.

The Internet “is how we deliver our shows,” said Jim Louderback, chief executive of Revision3, a three-year-old media company that runs what it calls a television network on the Web. “If all of a sudden our viewers are worried about some sort of a broadband cap, they may think twice about downloading or watching our shows.” 

Link: Charging by the Byte to Curb Internet Traffic

Not only would this effect the customers, but it would cause a huge profit loss for companies who rely on other people using the internet for their income.  Examples would be Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games such as World of Warcraft, EverQuest, EVE Online and it does not stop there.  Think about companies such as NetFlix where users are starting to watch movies online.  These services would start to become extinct because ISPs are charging more for the users who use more internet.

Other services such as Ustream.tv and Skype would go out of business in a heartbeat; the bandwidth costs of streaming and VoIP are enormous.

I’ve never realized how much my ISP influences what I do on the internet.  It has always been there for me to use.  I am not sure what I would do if I had a certain amount of bandwidth that I could use on a monthly basis.

What would you do if your ISP started to charge by the byte or limit bandwidth?

Comments welcome,

Justin Capasso