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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I have a thought. If all files in physical media disappear, and everyone starts using the internet for streaming/download/computing, Do y'all think ISPs would increase the price of their services, not to provide for maintenance, care and the load,  but to maximize profits in the interest of taking customer's money? Call me a concerned guy for the future.

post #2 of 6
What makes you think they aren't already doing this? Why do you think Verizon and AT&T no longer offer unlimited cell phone data plans? The ISPs will tell you that they have huge infrastructure costs, yet a significant part of the USA can't get fiber to their homes. Even for those that do have high-speed cable & fiber at their homes, the only difference between the service speeds tiers for most internet services is one setting on the configuration of your ISP account. It costs the ISP nothing to give you 50 Mbps instead of 30 Mbps.
post #3 of 6
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I've been on T-Mobile so i wouldn't know about AT&T and Verizon. Man did you hear about that "Net Neutrality"?

post #4 of 6
Net neutrality is no more. The courts struck it down and now ISPs can charge Netflix and other content providers fees to deliver their content which will get passed on to the consumer.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-14/verizon-victory-on-net-neutrality-rules-seen-as-loss-for-netflix
post #5 of 6
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Damn, what the heck?! Why can't there be generous companies?

post #6 of 6
One could argue that it is actually unethical for a company to be work in other than the most profitable way. Doing anything else costs the people who invest in that company money.
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