NTC Common Carriers Authorization Department Director Edgardo Cabarios told GMANews.TV that local telcos are considering a daily per user limit of 5GB.
“There were apprehensions raised [by telcos] over abusive users. This [data cap] is meant to discourage unfair use, to give everyone a chance. The idea is to protect the majority of consumers,” Cabarios said.
He explained that “abusive users” — including software and movie pirates — account for one to two percent of Filipino broadband consumers. Unfortunately, according to Cabarios, such heavy users prevent the rest of the public from fully utilizing broadband connections.
Pardon my language but: Bullshit.
There are perfectly legitimate uses of Bandwidth that isn’t illegal. For example, I beta tested DC Universe Online recently. I had to download 12.3GB of the game. The weeks after required additional download to patch the game. In once instance, 8GB.
Watching a Steve Jobs keynote would set you back some 1GB downloaded from iTunes.
I download from iTunes. I have an account and buying TV shows and movies from it will also set you back several GBs in bandwidth and disk space.
Instead of preventing users from getting content, why don’t you let people get content legitimately? iTunes has a gift check, prepaid card for example, but there is no local iTunes store. My account is US, so i can get legitimate content.
Encourage users to acquire content from Amazon. The biggest problem is getting Amazon to do business here. Hulu too.
Do you know how much a Mac OS X update can sometimes reach? 300MB to 800MB.
Caps are so archaic. Caps when Internet in the Philippines is so crappy is even more so idiotic.
This kind of thinking from NTC is archaic, and moronic.
You want to stop people from downloading illegal content?
Make Legitimate Content Available, at reasonable prices and that people can easily get to them. Like you know, prepaid cards or debit cards. The iTunes model has perfected it.
There are others too like Amazon.
But you know what? Users can’t get to it.
See also my article on “An open letter to President Aquino and the 15th Congress on the NTC Broadband Cap draft memorandum.”