I was hoping to get some quality online writing, and video editing today but face data overage fees that hinder my progress.
Allow me to vent and ask yourself if you can relate to my short story.
I am not expecting to solve my problem anytime soon. Today I feel like bitching a little bit!
Sometimes it feels good to vent!
First off, I think having access to reasonably priced high-speed unlimited mobile internet poses a challenge for Canadians wanting to work virtually.
Our Covid-19 post online virtual reality has highlighted the evergrowing need for reasonably priced high-speed internet everywhere.
In Canada, our wireless plans are such a rip off compared to the rest of the developed world. Who wants to pay hundreds of extra dollars a month in overage charges for connecting with others?
Oh sure, I can steal free unsecured signals from places like Starbucks, but sitting in a noisy, crowded cafe for hours on end is not my cup to tea. I can only imagine the financial burden people around the world face this issue. I believe Facebook is a pig on data.
Secondly, Scrolling through my social media feeds triggers consumptive video posts that also suck up my data usage.
Try streaming music and news channels, apps like Growlr and Scruff; they all contribute to data overages. Video and high-resolution graphics evolve at an exponential rate and also drive usage.
I resent paying hundreds in unnecessary fees within a monopolizes ISP (Internet Service Provider) Market. Sadly I have little choice if I want to grow my online practice from the remote corners of Lake Ontario on my sailboat — eh!
In my line, if work, it’s critical to continually connect with others via social media and other online platforms. Forget about Netflix, or uploading podcasts, graphic elements and other collaborative documents to the cloud. — I’m talking about the basic stuff.
So what option do I have — pay more or cut back? I am unwilling to do either.
I’m forced to be more strategic in what I stream or not stream at all — and that sucks because I’m a rather prolific user.
One final point
I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction in communicating with people in developing countries and those living on the edge of poverty. Keeping the price of my offerings as low as possible is essential if I am to attract economically disadvantaged clients.
I’m keenly aware that many of my base readers struggle with data costs too. I know I lose many fellow collaborators as their digital engagement and user adoption behaviours eventually taper off my sites.
There is a trend in people looking for alternative ways to consume online information without the burden of ISP charges. These overcharges mean less video and data-intensive content (animations, GIF’s and large pig resolution web pages) and more text and audio files.
On DanTrep.com, most of my video posts now contain a separate audio file via Soundcloud plus transcript.
Do you agree with my perspective and face a similar challenge?