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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RE: Depressing
by JAlexoid on Sat 23rd Apr 2011 20:28 UTC in reply to "Depressing"
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For a Dutch citizen who fully embraces the web, this is all very painful. You'd expect a sane government to set up regulations to block this immediately. But we don't really have a sane government, and with the current climate I don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

It's also surprising that the Opta does not oppose this move, since the current mobile telecom oligopoly can easily force such things down everyone's throats. Someone needs to protect consumers.

One can only hope this this will come under heavy scrutiny by the European Union.


Hopefully if the markets become oligopolies, then EC will step in like with roaming charges.

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