Back at the begining of the year I had read about Time Warner experimenting with different pricing structures for their internet access. At the time I thought little about it since it was just a test program and I didn't think it had a chance in hell of becoming accepted. Most people are smart enough to want to avoid overly complex billing systems. One only has to look at cellphones and credit card contracts to find out that the consumer loses when excessive legalse is added to a service.
One only has to look at the tier pricing Time Warner is using in the test area where a 5 GB a month plan would cost 30$ and a 40 GB a month plan would cost 55$. Most gamers seeing the options would obviously opt to have the 40 GB plan and think they were safe. But the problem is that if your techno savy enough to play online games then you also probably downloading music, movies, and other forms of media. What about streaming sites like Hulu and Youtube? The truth is that within five years almost no one is going to be able to survive on 5 GB a month.
P.S. Anyone want to guess the amount of bandwidth Age of Conan patches will take up this month alone? So far I'm guess 7 GB at least.