Just a week before the FCC holds a vote on whether to apply fairness rules to some of the nation’s internet service providers, two companies that sell their services to the country’s largest cellular companies showed off a different vision of the future: one where you’ll have to pay extra to watch YouTube or use Facebook.The companies, Allot Communications and Openet — suppliers to large wireless companies including AT&T and Verizon — showed off a new product in a web seminar Tuesday, which included aPowerPoint presentation (1.5-MB .pdf) that was sent to Wired by a trusted source.
The idea? Make it possible for your wireless provider to monitor everything you do online and charge you extra for using Facebook, Skype or Netflix. For instance, in the seventh slide of the above PowerPoint, a Vodafone user would be charged two cents per MB for using Facebook, three euros a month to use Skype and $0.50 monthly for a speed-limited version of YouTube. But traffic to Vodafone’s services would be free, allowing the mobile carrier to create video services that could undercut NetFlix on price.
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Providers of information shouldn’t be allowed to jump the line (get better access) by paying the pipe owners. The rich will push out the rest of us. That is the whole point of net neutrality. Originally the concern was that pipe owners would promote their own content (however obtained) over everyone else. The Google - Verizon approach is just as liable to be abused as the original concern. Access to the internet should be managed like electricity. You monitor the bits you move across the net (in and out of your connection) and pay for them. Capacity is an issue and right now not many people pay attention to how much load they put on the system. This approach might also help people ID when their PCs have been hijacked because they would be informed of higher net usage than they personally have used.