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[ NNSquad ] Re: Canada goes crazy
I'd like to add to the reasons that billing for bits is NOT crazy.
Matt Larsen vistabeam.com wirelesscowboys.com wispdirectory.com
[ Wireless and wired technologies have fundamental differences that can indeed make differing billing and regulatory approaches reasonable. What's really problematic is the way carriers have pushed flat-rate data plans in both spheres and now, after subscribers are "addicted," want to switch to measured models. One might almost suspect that this was the plan all along, hmm?
(Thanks to Aleks for this pointer)
The idea of charging people for bits consumed is a crazy idea since you aren't consuming bits. We've been through this before - do I need to explain once again how bad the idea is?
. It creates scarcity. A copper wire (or fiber or radio) is just sitting there idle. We limit how much can be used.
. Even if there is a temporary constriction somewhere else it means we can't use the capacity locally. To take it to an extreme imagine if there is such a limit in your house - you can't copy too many files between your computers.
. FiOS VoD, for example, goes over IP through my router. I can't watch much "TV" [sic] if the limit is applied to those bits. If the limit is not applied we have a vertical playing field where the provider has all the advantages.
. Any sane price doesn't allow making video affordable if we're going to make the cost of other uses visible.
. As with SMS any market that permits prices to be millions of time cost (determined by competition with Moore's law) isn't really a market in a useful sense. It's rent taking gone to hostage taking.
But basically it shows a deep inability to comprehend the very concept of connectivity using best efforts. It's railroaders banning the use of roads unless you buy a ticket for a ride every time you leave your driveway even if it is just to reorder the cars in the driveway.
Others care to add to the reasons why this is crazy?
[ And coming soon to a U.S. ISP near you (and me) too, I'll wager. Since the FCC chairman has shown no interest in including any sort of pricing or realistically effective competition-enhancing elements in his proposed "third-way" regulatory plan, the dominant ISPs are ensured a captive audience of users who will "pay through their noses until their skulls are a vacuum" (as one high level ISP executive expressed it to me yesterday -- picturesque, this guy, and a master of invective as well ...)
-- Lauren Weinstein NNSquad Moderator ]