First we have the problem with "data caps". Most people I know are on 10GB or 20GB plans, which means that they either pay a premium for any excess traffic during the billing period, or have their connection throttled down to dial-up speeds. yes, dial-up speeds!
Take for example this comment from someone with Vodafone:
Going to take me about 3 hrs. Its 2 Gb which will be over my d/l cap for day !! ( Ihug) so Ive stopped for today and continue tomorrow to complete
Two gigabytes a day? Two days to download the movie?
I am using TelstraClear cable-modem service and downloaded a 1 GB movie in 20 minutes. But not even TelstraClear is free of problems as we can see in the same discussion:
... [I] bought groundhog day just to test the waters and the download speed was soooo slow, 3 hours nearly!
Three hours on a 10 Mbps cable-modem connection?
I hope the launch of Apple iTunes will show ISPs three things:
1. Not every heavy downloaded is a pirate downloading copyright material being illegaly distributed;
2. There's demand for a service with a bigger monthly data allowance, and
3. Their concept of "fast" is off.
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