Sunday, February 06, 2011
In my burning rage I got to wondering, would a UBB overage charge even hold up in court? In electricity and gas and oil, we have actual standard measures that are applied to what we get. The tools used to provide those services are heavily regulated as are the monitoring tools and methodology behind them. Gigabytes are not. CAN an ISP legally charge us for a unit of measure that doesn't have any backing behind it? Where the ISP itself is the one doing the measuring, and the data itself is circumspect? I mean, when water goes in to your house, that little water meter is kept to a specific standard as set by government rules. Are Rogers or Shaw actually able to prove in a court of law that you used so and so amount of bandwidth? Sure they can say that you did, but its your word against theirs. I've heard of speeding tickets thrown out of court for worse reasons. What if every Bell and Rogers and Shaw customer just downloaded gigs of data, then took the ISP's to court? I'm not a lawyer, but I really don't see how they'd have much of a case.
From the deranged mind of reedsolomon.matr1x at gmail.com at 11:45 p.m.