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Re: An Attempt at Economically Rational Pricing: Time Warner Trial
Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
No, no, consult the original: " stacks of documents written about equality on the internet". That is not the same as "customers who use more should pay the same as customers who use less". It is about making access to more people a reality; seeing internet access as a necessity for the future of dissemination of knowledge. The tax snowballs the price difference unless it is a scaled tax, which means that
I am not taking a position on NN here, but I don't believe either side of the debate has said anything remotely to that effect.Don't know what you're talking about with 'NN', I am referring to Digital Divide endeavors as well as Civil Society endeavors at Internet Governance levels, pre and post WSIS.
If one side has, they are being quite silly.Considering I'm communicating with you over a 256K ADSL line because the country I reside in can't negotiate better pricing for bandwidth, I can probably give you a few ideas where you can plug your 10GE port. It is the same problem on a national - and regional - scale.
I'm doing my part. Perhaps you should too, though your commentary leads me to believe that you could care less. This, of course, is part of the inertia that must be worked against. If you want to talk about pricing of internet costs in anything other than a walled garden armchair discussion, you'll have to contend with the rest of the world. Considering China will have more internet users than the United States this year, as an example, businesses are going to want to crack those markets. And since global internet penetration has gone up to almost 20%, and more and more of the global market exists outside of the United States - yes, business pressure from within the US itself will put weight on the telecommunications industry within the next 5 years.And, as an aside, the Network Neutrality issue affects the globe and is only being debated in one country.
Meanwhile, the digital divide in the United States is said to be growing.
Indeed, perhaps you should change that.
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