Net neutrality? Not for bandwidth porkers

Net neutrality opponents argue that unlimited Internet will harm the many in favor of the few. The logic for throttling bandwidth usage is simply the 20-80 rule: 20 percent (or far less) of the users are consuming 80 percent (or far more) of the bandwidth. Those who want more, the argument goes, should pay more.

For evidence of how this works, U.S. service providers should look overseas where Belgian ISP Telenet claims that one of its subscribers swallowed 2.7 terabytes (not megs, not gigs, teras) of data between July 4 and Aug. 6. Another seven topped the 1 terabyte level, topping out at 1.9 TB, 1.5 TB and 1.3 TB. Telnet published the names of the top 25 users to a discussion forum "to show other people just how much data couple be transferred in a single month" and encourage them to migrate to more expensive (but obviously not net neutral) "fair use" plans.

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