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As much as it pains me to say this, I actually see Verizon’s point on this. I know a couple of people with unlimited plans that pretty much abuse it. One guy streams movies and youtube videos all day at work over his phone, and I mean literally all day. He will put on a concert video or a comedian’s concert and just let it play. When I’ve asked him about it, he says he doesn’t care because he is grandfathered in with unlimited data and he isn’t slowing down the office network. That’s a lot of bandwidth. Over the course of a month, figure that he has slightly over 20 work days, and he is probably streaming 5 hours of video minimum per day, so 100 hours at 1GB per hour (a conservative estimate), and he is using 100GB of data monthly over his cell’s data plan. That’s absurd, and if you get a sizable minority of people acting like that it could slow the wireless network for lots of people. It’s not like copper or fiber, there is a legitimate capacity concern for wireless.
More annoying are ISPs’ data caps and throttling of certain types of data, such as Netflix. There is almost zero incremental cost in additional data, and yet they impose relatively low limits and charge significant overage fees. I’d rather the FCC address this than throttling by wireless carriers.