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You're confusing bandwidth with data caps, I'm specifically talking about the amount of data, In my example you can download 50GB at 1Mbps or 1Gbps I don't care, my point was, charging someone $10 for 50GB of data is absurd.I'm sorry, but this demonstrates a near-criminal level of ignorance of the telecom industry. It's akin to saying that you should be able to fly anywhere for free, because the airlines are going to be operating the planes on those same routes regardless.
BT (in the UK) did a study on this during the pandemic since everyone was rinsing their home internet connections and they found they could easily cope with it. Do you know why? Because they built their network to cope with it. They even bragged about it:Your use of an ISPs bandwidth costs them nothing ... once they've built that capacity. But, if an ISP has 1,000 customers at a 1 gig speeds, they don't have 1,000 gigabits of bandwidth, nor anywhere near that. They dimension their network based on an estimate of what percentage of that bandwidth the customers will use, then overprovision a certain amount. If all their customers attempted to use their maximum data rates 100% of the time, the network would fail.
Now, you can naively say that "they shouldn't build it that way". That ISPs should build networks to all customers to operate at full-speed simultaneously. That sounds nice in theory. In practice, it would mean five or ten times the capacity ... at five or ten times the price.
As stronger restrictions around COVID-19 begin to take effect, and many of us contemplate a future of working from home for an extended period, the resilience and capability of our networks takes on an even greater importance. No-one is more aware of that than me, and my network engineering...
All you've done is explain to me what an absolutely terrible ISP would look like who doesn't build out it's network to cope with it's subscriber count and bandwidth requirements.
As someone above mentioned, Virgin Media has managed to provide a Gigabit connection to most it's customers (they're the biggest rival to BT) for years without issue and I didn't hear their network catching fire over the pandemic.
The problem with most the arguments for data caps in this comment section seem to forget we've just gone through a pandemic that forced most people to be at home and it's been proven most people spent most of their time on the internet. No network went down, no ISP went under, all of their networks are built with high network utilisation in mind. Why you'd be an ISP and not build your network properly is beyond me.
Now do I agree with passing a bill to force the removal of data caps? Absolutely not, as I said in my original comment, the answer is to garner in competition and allow new ISP's to compete with the big guys.