Unlimited broadband deals could soon become a thing of the past, according to one internet expert.
David Williams, Chief Executive at satellite broadband provider Avanti Communications, forecast that in the future, all packages will include usage caps.
Speaking to the Register, he claimed that internet service providers (ISPs) are looking to launch tiered tariffs which will signal the death-knell for all-you-can-consume broadband deals.
Mr Williams explained that online data consumption has risen rapidly in recent years and it is the telecoms industry, rather than ISPs or their customers, that are currently footing the bill.
However, he claimed that this model is entirely unsatisfactory and unsustainable, likening the situation to "a Mexican stand-off".
"If a market has four operators, and one introduces charging by data, then the others might have a short-term opportunity to criticise them, but they will follow in the end," Mr Williams said.
Last week, Tom Williams, the new Managing Director at Be Broadband, said the ISP had no intention of introducing usage caps on its broadband packages.