As a little guy who uses maybe 500mb a month, I resent being forced to pay a flat rate to subsidize the bandwidth hogs who play games and watch movies. If they use 10 times as much bandwidth, why shouldn't they pay 10 times the rate I pay. No matter what people would have you believe, the internet is not a necessity. The world could survive without it. It should be a user pay system with thje biggest users paying the biggest bills. Also the cable and telco companies should be allowed to refuse to carry Netflix which leaches off their lines. Netflix should be forced to pay to be carried on Private not puplic lines.
If the big telcos made bandwidth costs at a reasonable ratio (the actual cost of bandwidth is something like $.01 per gig), such as even $.05 per gig, I'd accept it. Instead they want to charge $1-$2. Price gouging in its purest form. This is on top of the $40-$50 they charge at a flat rate. You should be mad at them for charging so much for a flat rate. If the cable companies had their way, you'd have what you have now, at the same price, but a 5GB cap. That is what Time Warner tried to do here. Now you know why I am so fired up on this issue.
Note: this is a huge issue for Stardock as well. If draconian broadband caps were enacted, I probably could no longer be a Stardock customer, as their game prices would effectively shoot up to $70 or $80 with the broadband charges. Also, Steam would likely cut a deal with Time Warner and the big isps to have their games not count against the cap (they do in Australia), which would lead to a real DD monopoly, and force me to use Steam to play PC gaming.
As for refusing to carry Netflix- you do know there's a massive conflict of interest there, and internet is a utility not a luxury these days?
When you don't have a free market, and take steps to squash a free market, government intervention is needed. If the big telcos would have legitimate competition, these things would go away fast. Take Time Warner's attempt to put caps in locally 3 years ago. They picked four markets to "Test"- each market was one where they had a complete monopoly. They knew if they did it anywhere else everyone would leave. Captive markets are not free markets, as much as the big corps try to convince the American public otherwise. I support free markets, but I don't support unregulated failed markets.
Don't believe the crap the cable companies are paying to get out there.