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: Simple proposal
by alcibiades on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 08:43 UTC in reply to "Simple proposal"
alcibiades
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Why, in economic terms, should you ban usage charges? I understand why you may not like them. But what is the rationale for banning them? It is really not at all clear why someone who downloads 10s of movies in a month should pay the same as someone who downloads a few emails. Why someone who listens non-stop to the radio over the net should pay the same as someone who only uses email.

The proposal to ban usage charges is what? As a matter of law or telecoms regulation?

Why don't we ban usage charging for beer. That way people who only have one a couple of times a week would subsidize those who really, really enjoy their drinking?

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