Verizon CTO claims: “Metered Broadband is the way of the future”

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According to Verizon’s CTO, “Metered Broadband is the way of the future”. Apparently someone forget to tell him how the future is supposed to work.

Look at the title and give yourself a minute to think. Who does this benefit? Obviously the company doing the metering and billing. While on one side, metering is a legitimate answer to raise more revenue for businesses as heavier users pay more, the thought of metering usage and having tiers still doesn’t sit well with me. It makes sense on the most basic level, however, I can’t help but to envision the near future full of metered internet plans that are all grossly overpriced. Even though providers in support of such packages and plans argue otherwise, if internet packages are overpriced now, just wait until metered tiers take hold. Still, with more companies jumping on the support wagon of tiered services and lawmakers in the pockets of those this benefits, the odds of the outcome benefiting consumers is looking slim. Care to vent?

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