Linked by fran on Tue 1st Feb 2011 23:04 UTC
Internet & Networking There is a falling out between governments & ISPs on the one hand and consumer groups and companies like YouTube and Netflix on the other. Lately more punitive measures affecting these companies and consumers have emerged that include increased throttling, greater per-usage billing and lower internet caps. The internet as whole is struggling to find a self-sustaining business model that supports the rising speed and bandwidth requirements of consumers and online media purveyors. The conflict boils down to who should pay and to what degree they should pay.
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RE[2]: Try Arstechnica
by JThelen on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 01:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Try Arstechnica"
JThelen
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2011-02-02

I agree with you on most points, but it's not that ISPs can't afford to make improvements, they don't *want* to make improvements, since it would cut into their gigantic profit margins. So instead of investing, they whinge and complain about overuse and pursue usage based billing like we're seeing in Canada(coming soon to countries south of Canada), so that they can give less, charge more and pronounce record profits to their shareholders.

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