Sunday, January 22, 2006

Instead of offering new services, let’s just charge more for what we have

The Coming Tug of War Over the Internet

The changes may sound subtle, but make no mistake: The telecommunications companies' proposals have the potential, within just a few years, to alter the flow of commerce and information -- and your personal experience -- on the Internet. For the first time, the companies that own the equipment that delivers the Internet to your office, cubicle, den and dorm room could, for a price, give one company priority on their networks over another.

Saving the Net: How to Keep the Carriers from Flushing the Net Down the Tubes

Doc Serls, points to Tim Bray’s observation:

While the details of the deals by which the big boys buy bandwidth are closely-guarded secrets, the notion that any of them can dramatically increase their net traffic without paying for it, that notion is just wacko.

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