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Greedy Cable/Telcos

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Date: Apr 21, 2009 - 04:00 PM
The NY Times offers a great analysis of how nasty the Telcos/Cable companies are being about broadband in the US:

Cable or telephone networks have little in common with a restaurant, the critics say, because there is no electronic equivalent of food to buy. If all Time Warner customers decided one day not to check their e-mail or download a single movie, the company?s costs would be no different than on a day when every customer was glued to the screen watching one YouTube video after another.


?All of our economics are based on engineering for the peak hour,? said Tony Werner, the chief technical officer of Comcast. ?Just because someone consumes more data doesn?t mean they drive more cost.?
Emphasis added.

Remember how this really works:
- First they wanted to charge high-bandwidth sites (Google, Youtube, etc) for "access" to their network.
- Then they tried to introduce "tiered" bandwidth, so they could extort Google/Youtube/etc into paying a bribe lest their traffic be interfered with.
- Failing that, they now want to try to force people not to use broadband as much and go back to paying for the "Cable TV" and Pay-Per-View services. How do we know this? Because they even admit it to their customers.

It's not about "filesharing." It's about degrading the internet service enough that you shy away from Youtube and Hulu, and turn back to the trough of 250 channel Cable TV.

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