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Internet fees?

You know, all I would prefer to do is to write some articles on new technologies and products that we all can enjoy. But day after day all I seem to see is govenrment interference and what they feel are their entitlements. In the end, does it just come down to money and desire for power?

In the latest salvo in this war, phone companies are trying to hold on to their model of pay per usage. Whether it is paying for content on a per message type metered service, or a tiered service where those who pay the most get the fastest delivery, what they are looking for are revenue streams that go beyond users purchasing bandwidth to do what they please. I think it is about time for them to realize that their old model of soaking the consumer are over. There are providers, namely cable providers today, who are willing to provide bandwidth with no restrictions on how it is used and with no regard for the content. I know the traditional phone companies hate this model because it does not provide them with unlimitied ways to squeeze the consumer, but the only thing that would be worse is for the FCC to side with them. Once that begins, you had best watch your pocketbooks. Unfortunately, I have no real confidence that Kevin Martin of the FCC has any real concern for the consumer. If that is the case, the phone companies could have an ally to return us to the days of a metered service. Nothing could be more against the innovative spirit that has gotten us to where we are today.

What we need are forwrad thinking innovators at the FCC who recognize that what is best for the corporation is not necessarily what is best for te country. Bandwidth is purchased by both content providers and users, and for the telco’s to claim that anyone is getting somethng for free is just disingenuous. Everything being used is bought and paid for, and if the telco’s are not making any additional revenue off their middleman position, it is not because they are being taken advantage of, but rather because they are offering no added value. They had an inherenet advantage when they owned the networks and switching equipment and there was no competition, but they shuold have learned how to compete in the real world by now. If they haven’t, someone else will take their business happilt. And if the FCC decides that they have any right to determine what users do and meter it’s availability, then I think we are all in trouble.

Chek out this articel at The Nation to see what is happening.

Posted by Jeff

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