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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by biffuz on Tue 26th Apr 2011 09:17 UTC
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"I sincerely hope they have the balls to do so, but a cynical voice in the back of my head whispers - what if the services are actually in on this? What if they'll actually be getting a cut? What if they've been negotiating deals like this specifically to make a little extra income? I mean, Google owns YouTube, and Google is in favour of a fragmented mobile web with no respect for privacy.

If that's the case - then we're screwed."

The solution is simple - stop using these services. If Google and Fecebook see their Dutch market drop to 0, they will rethink the whole situation.

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