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UBB is Dead. Long Live UBB. This sounds mostly positive, although not as far as the people who want low-cost flat-rate unlimited internet would like. The rate of $200/TB ($0.2/GB) sounds a lot more appealing (and revealing) than the rates Bell has suggested previously, which was $2/GB.
“Why do they insist on billing for the amount of data you transfer? Don’t they pay only for the throughput capacity of their connections?”
They insist on billing for it because it’s not a free, unlimited, resource! These same people should start lobbying government for low-cost fixed-rate unlimited water and electricity too. If I take one extra drop of water, that should cost basically nothing, right? Therefore, can’t I take as much as I want for nothing? Sounds dumb when you use that argument on something like water or electricity, but for some reason not when some people discuss data transfer.
I happened to post a reply on that first link above:
“Data transfer is not free. There is a significant difference in the costs for infrastructure, monitoring and upkeep for a data center that can handle transfers of 100 TB/day versus 1 TB/day, above and beyond just the bigger pipe. The cost to transfer one extra byte is typically considered to be zero, but that’s actually false – it’s so small we round it to zero. But, that incorrectly leads people to assume that any number of extra bytes costs an extra zero, which is false.”