Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kicking you off the internet

Cox thinks maybe you guys are being a little too online AF nowadays.
Cox Communications is going to set data caps on Louisiana home internet usage in July, and the small number of customers the company says are the heaviest users of streaming video and music will have to pay more.

Beginning July 6, most Cox customers in south Louisiana will have a data plan that allows them to upload or download 1 terabyte of data. That's enough to watch 140 HD movies, 150 hours of standard definition television, 1,500 short web videos, surf the internet for 3,000 hours and listen to 30,000 songs. Customers who have Cox G1GABLAST service will be capped at 2 terabytes. Those who go past the cap will be charged $10 for each additional 50 gigabytes of data used.
Here is where they finally break the promise of net neutrality. If you can only afford to use X amount of internet, and if all the big media conglomerates want to deliver their TV and movies to you via the internet, then you probably can't afford to spend much data allowance viewing or creating independent content. You probably can't afford to use the internet for connecting with peers. Eventually big media crowds everybody out.

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