[geeks] Why I hate Verizon Online
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at tandem.artell.net
Tue Dec 5 11:39:38 CST 2006
Quoth Jonathan Groll ...
> Here in South Africa, because of monopolistic tendancies from the main
> telecomms provider, I pay something like:
> ZAR490.00 (=USD $68) per month for 384kbps ADSL,
> BUT and here's the clincher the above price is for an account with a
> 4GiB international cap, so if I exceed total throughput of 4 GiB to
> international hosts my account gets terminated unless I pay
> more money.
> Are there caps at all on the accounts discussed above?
I've had dial-up, ISDN, DSL, and cable-internet accounts in four US states,
but I've never had an account with a data volume limit.
Long ago, dial-up accounts (about the only kind back then) were generally
charged by the hour, but that mostly went away five or more years ago.
I did have an ISDN account that charged by the "channel-hour" if you
exceeded their base rate of 300 CH/month. Even the 300 CH/mo was expensive,
almost US$200/month. After about a year, I found a different ISP who
charged less than $50/mo for unlimited, dual-channel use, so I switched.
ISDN here is 56 kbps/channel (plus the 16 kbps control channel, usually),
and the line charges are pretty expensive. No one much uses it if they have
any alternative other than dial-up, but it some places ISDN is the best you
There are about a million ISP/phone company combinations in the US, so it's
hard to generalize, but I would expect that the typical DSL or
cable-internet account here doesn't have any sort of time or data volume
limits. Come to think of it, though, clapping outgoing data limits on 'em
would be a good way to fight spambots. Don't limit the amount of data they
can send, or the ports they can send it on, just make the lusers pay for
sending over X GB/month!
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