Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Apr 2011 10:20 UTC
Internet & Networking You know all that talk about net neutrality in the US? How for instance Verizon and Google want net neutrality to apply only to something they call the 'wired' internet, which is apparently somehow different from the 'mobile' internet? Well, while you Americans are only talking about it, us Dutch are once again way ahead of the curve: the largest of the three main carriers has announced its intention to start charging extra for services like VoIP, instant messaging, Facebook, and so on, with the other two carriers contemplating similar moves. The dark future of the web, right here in my glorified swamp.
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You see, I live in Brazil. Brazil has basically no laws on internet access, network regulation and so on - like most other countries out there. The only bill pending votation right now makes the DMCA look like a rather nice response to actual theft (not piracy, which makes copies - real theft). Thankfully, our current president has demonstrated signs that she'll most likely veto it...

Nevertheless, our carriers here are pretty much free to do whatever the hell they want - one of them (TIM, a subsidiary of the homonimous italian carrier) has charged for YouTube and video access in the past, much like what you describe, Thom. (It failed miserably - basically everyone found a way to access it without paying extra for the service).

My current carrier (Vivo), which is a subsidiary of Telefónica (kind of our O2), not only does not forbid VOIP services, but encourages users to tether their devices, to use our connection however we want. It even talks about it on its corporate blog.
The reason for that? Obviously, I don't know, but I speculate that it helps that 1/4 of their revenue and 1/3 of their profit comes from data plans. Much like AT&T, there are no unlimited plans - if we surpass our bandwidth tier, we can either choose to falldown to EDGE-like speed or to pay per MB.

IMHO, that is probably the best move for any given carrier - all of them obviously care about profitability, but should also care about user satisfaction, finding ways to unite rather than separate those things (also getting free propaganda doing so, which is what I've just done for Vivo and Telefónica).

PS: sorry for my rather poor/complicated english ;)

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