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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Are we doomed?
by JokeyRhyme on Sat 23rd Apr 2011 12:54 UTC
JokeyRhyme
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2010-05-28

If this sort of crap is allowed to become common-place for wireless carriers, how long do you think it will take for wired ISPs to follow suit? They've certainly been crying about nasty customers eating up all their precious bandwidth for longer than their mobile counterparts.

The Internet needs to be declared a common utility, just like electricity and water. Just like these utilities, when there is a shortage you should be limited so that you aren't able to get more than your share, but how you use it should never come into question.

Like others have stated, the only way to send the message that this is unacceptable is to simply vote with your wallet. If these new "business models" fail, then they'll have to try something less awful.

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RE: Are we doomed?
by Moredhas on Sat 23rd Apr 2011 23:32 in reply to "Are we doomed?"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

Fortunately, and this is the only time I'll speak well of Australian ISPs, they only just started offering unmetered Facebook access on their mobile plans. Any provider doing a complete about-face like thiswould suffer for it. Except maybe Telstra.

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