Bend Broadband is changing how they charge for the internet starting July 1st. Instead of an unlimited service, they will be capping your download amount, and limiting your speed based on how much you are willing to pay. The worst part is that they don’t even offer an unlimited service. With streaming video, legal HD content, and internet distribution of software becoming the norm, Bend Cable is hoping to capitalize on the internets growth. And that money is coming out of your wallet. They list on their site how many songs a month you can download. While this might have been useful information back in the late 1990s, today the internet is much more. News sites broadcast live video, TV shows and Movies can be legally purchased through iTunes to watch at home, and game companies are distributing their content in the web to nullify the need for physical media. Does Bend Cable list these common downloads in their chart? Of course not. If the public knew that Bend Broadband plans to control how we use the internet, I’m sure many of us would switch to DSL service. Bend Cable claims that this is to keep costs down. But if that where true, why don’t they offer a cheaper service for the individuals who only check their email and surf the net?
Let’s say you just bought an iPod Classic. It’s a great device that plays music and video. These devices come in at 160GB. How long would it take you to fill up your iPod on Bend Broadband service? Well on the Gold service (the most expensive service they offer) it would take you 4 months not to go over the limit. On the Bronze service, it would take you 1 year and 4 months. If you tried to fill it up in one month, it would cost you an extra $255 in fees. That’s assuming that you did NOTHING else other than purchase content for your iPod.
We need to do something about this. The first step is to call and let them know about your position. If that doesn’t help, the next step is to make your voice heard with your wallet. Bend Broadbrand is NOT the only internet provider in town. Simply go to – https://myaccount.qwest.com/MasterWebPortal/residential/broadbandlanding . The fastest service for DSL compares favorably to Bend Cable, and it does NOT have a download cap. I’m thinking a public protest might be in order as well.
If you have any input, or would like to contribute to a public protest, shoot me an email.
And PLEASE spread this information around as much as you can.