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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saso
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2007-04-18

Even with mid-sized ISPs, there are areas where we have exclusivity. That, however, isn't be point. The point is that even if we were a big carrier, even throttling the sites mentioned would generate so much bad publicity that the brand image damage would by far outweigh potential short-term financial gains. Your short term profits might increase, but sales would decline rapidly after having effectively ruined any goodwill of your company.

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

Try telling Telstra that. Australia's formerly government formerly post-masters office, overpriced telco With all the lines and all the towers. They simply don't need to be competetive or be nice because they're the only option for coverage for a lot of people.

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