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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Not worried
by mkools on Sat 23rd Apr 2011 16:25 UTC
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I have a mobile phone from KPN with flat fee internet but I'm not so worried.

We've had exactly the same thing going on a couple of months ago, where the same company wanted to get rid of the flat fee mobile internet contracts because they claimed the network suffered too much from it. They canceled that because of T-Mobile that didn't want to do that.

I suspect if KPN goes on with its current plans T-Mobile will simply say, well we've considered it but we're not gonna do it and a lot of KPN customers will switch to them. T-Mobile might be setting up a trap here for KPN.

I'm not using anything on my phone that KPN intends to block, like youtube, facebook whatsapp etc (I only dial, text, email and read the news sometimes) but if KPN thinks they can deep-inspect my packets they're wrong, I'll instantly switch to another telco and a lot of customers that do use these services will as well.

Texting is namely done by young people that don't have a lot of money for it that's why all teenagers in The Netherlands have a Blackberry now so they can ping as much as they want for a flat fee. There's NO WAY in the world that these people are gonna pay extra to make use of facebook, KPN is just unrealistic here.

KPN is known here as an evil company so there plans don't surprise me at all but in the end it will only cost them money. If it was for KPN everybody would still be online with a 14k4 modem paying 15 euros an hour for it.

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