Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Apr 2011 22:48 UTC
Internet & Networking Well, this is a pleasant surprise. This weekend, we ran a story about the carrier situation in the The Netherlands. The largest carrier in The Netherlands has announced it's going to charge for services like IM and Skype, while the other two carriers were thinking about following suit. I stated I expected little from our politicians - but boy, turns out I was wrong. Basically the entire lower house - left to right, progressive to conservative - is not happy with the carriers' moves, and are now exploring options to prohibit them from implementing their plans - including the option to embed net neutrality in our telecommunications act. Go go... Politicians?!
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RE[3]: Comment by error32
by JAlexoid on Thu 28th Apr 2011 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by error32"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

In a way, this does happen with different dialling codes, premium / free phone numbers and so forth.

However I've never really agreed with a lot of phone tariffs either.


Look it in another way: They will change you extra $0.10 for every time they transfer the word pizza over the wire.
But there is a better analogy - water. You are charged for water by the volume you consume(presumably), but the water utility would like to charge you 50% more for water that you use for making food and 50% less for water for the washing machine. Same water, just different applications.

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RE[4]: Comment by error32
by Laurence on Sat 30th Apr 2011 17:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by error32"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Look it in another way: They will change you extra $0.10 for every time they transfer the word pizza over the wire.
But there is a better analogy - water. You are charged for water by the volume you consume(presumably), but the water utility would like to charge you 50% more for water that you use for making food and 50% less for water for the washing machine. Same water, just different applications.


I got the analogy first time round. I'm just saying that many services do offer different rates depending on usage even though the consumption is the same.

In fact, going back to your example, many water boards will have different rates for different customers (eg office, home, industrial).

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's right nor do I agree with charging different rates for different internet services. In fact I fully hope this kind of practice gets crushed before it becomes common.

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