[citation][nom]tonydu[/nom]In the cable industry the real issue was "how can we charge more and make more money" and not bandwidth limitations. Sure, there were a few locations where current infrastructure was getting near the limit, but those could easily be upgraded by the profit being made at those locations. So, make no mistake, this is pure greed at the expense of the public.And this "bait and switch" also keeps out anyone who might challenge their monopoly. This is the same as when Microsoft gave away Windows 1.0 for two years. Only those with very deep pockets can compete. So "free market" is just an illusion. I wish we would wake up and get a real government to address these destructive corporations.[/citation]
Personally, I think this extends far beyond the telecom industry. Everywhere, you will see less product for more money. Next time your favorite food product changes packaging, note product weight for the new package vs the product weight for the old package.
Even in ordinary business, this applies. Many businesses are always asking employees for more output with either the same or less pay. And need I mention Wisconsin?
Sooner or later, less of whatever for more money is going to seriously break things in the economy in my opinion. I don't have any answers, but it is likely creating a wider gap between the haves and the have nots. Where will it stop? Will we end up paying per byte, or per atom? Will anyone anywhere be able to afford anything if the trend continues?
Time will tell, but I think less of anything for more money is a symptom of a much greater problem.