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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > FCC CEO Offered ISPs Implement Usage-Based Pricing

FCC CEO Offered ISPs Implement Usage-Based Pricing

FCC CEO Offered ISPs Implement Usage-Based Pricing

Added: Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Julius Genachowski, FCC Chief, told audience that broadband providers lack flexibility to control their networks.He also said that in order to enhance the level of network investments, as well as the efficient use of their networks, the ISPs have to consider the measures like usage-based pricing.

In other words, the FCC Chairman has endorsed the idea of letting Internet service providers to implement consumption-based billing.

In his statements, the FCC CEO was talking about the importance of “protecting online freedom and openness,” as well as about creating the set of rules in advance of a set of “core goals.” He is sure that the only thing which enabled the success of the Internet is its freedom, which means that this quality must be protected. Genachowski highlights that broadband providers have business incentives to change their status as online gatekeepers in order to suit their own ends. In fact, that’s exactly what everyone could see in the past with Comcast’s throttling of BitTorrent.

That’s all great, but what causes concern is Genachowski’s suggestion for consumption-based billing. The main problem is that such suggestion can simply undermine status of the Internet as a powerful tool for innovation and development.

For example, many consumers employ a range of information intensive clients and services that could be extremely expensive if they were charged on usage basis. Consider any HD film on Netflix, which is 5GB on average. Such files will soon become a luxury unless a broadband provider offered attractive monthly data allotments. Now, take into your consideration that Netflix represents over 20% of downstream traffic at peak times (and is not going to reduce over time), and you may understand that usage-based billing pose a risk for successful video streaming.

Besides, usage-based billing is just another instrument for broadband providers to use in receiving more profits from users. They have made the attempts to argue, though with no clear success, that it is unfair that everybody should pay the same for his broadband regardless of amount of bandwidth used.

However, just as the Comcast’s chief technical officer, Tony Werner, emphasized last year, “just because a person consumes more information doesn’t necessarily mean he drives more cost.”

December 8th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-12-08 19:07:30)
menahunie avatarOkay here we go with the stupidity all over again....
The FCC shows it has no idea what they are doing; consumption based charges...
The ISP's already have and charge on usage already so where in the heck does this brain fart come from the FCC?
The FCC has taken up the same crazy mantra a few users hog all the bandwidth and ignore the truth.
The ISP's have for years made very huge profits and have over sold their networks and have not upgraded their networks. Choosing to pocket the profits instead and put the blame on the ISP's woes; the customer; the one's who pay to use "unlimited" as has been advertised for years by the ISP's; yet this "unlimited" isn't really "unlimited"..
As far as I know the Websters Dictionary defines "Unlimited' as something without bounds; no restrictions or limitations?
I guess the FCC and ISP's have a very different English Language Dictionary than the one we all use?
The ISP's are now using "throttling" a client if they "Hog" the bandwidth; yet the "Client's" are only doing what they PAID for and were told they can do when they signed up.
Remember the Beep Beep Company keeps stating they have the fastest network? NOT....
I seem to remember Cell Phone Companies; Lane Line telephone Companies and YES ISP's in the beginning charging us for "usage by the minute"...
Now they advertised and sold "Unlimited" to you and I and now they complain when we do as I previously mentioned; USE THE NETWORKS..
If you stop and really look the one's doing most of the griping about "Bandwidth Hogs"? Are the Cable TV Companies... They sold and never put some of the billions of dollars they made in profits BACK INTO THE NETWORKS...
Another interesting thing is the Land line telephone companies are not griping or not as much? I left that Cable Co. crap and went ISDN +2 and my speeds are 5x or more than the advertised Cable Co.'s claim.. My ISP's has never ever complained about my usage which is huge due to the work I do...
I remember in the 80's when the telephone companies were smacked alongside the head for being a "monopoly" and broken yp; then they took another hit from the Cable TV Co.'s...
Well these telephone Companies learned and have spend billions upgrading their systems and now are over taking the Cable Co.s'''

posted by (2010-12-09 05:15:58)
spiritchaser5150 avatarKind of funny how the telephone companies did their temporary partnerships with the satellite companies just so they could have the right to sell tv programming. Hell there always seems to be some fine print that we just seem to overlook.
Hell in the US we are way behind in internet speeds compared to a lot of other countries. They ought to be thinking of dropping the prices till they have a competitive product and offer the speeds I see when I connect to other countries.

posted by (2010-12-09 06:55:33)
pjth avatarThe danger of the internet for politics has just hit home with WIKI LEAKS. no wonder suggestions like gatekeepers and monitoring are becoming very popular. if you take your freedom seriously its time you start thinking that voting is not a pain but necessary. get active and vote for those that are willing to protect our freedom without gatekeepers.

if we allow one single site to disappear because it is uncomfortable to the establishment we have lost all our freedom! fascist hide themselves best in a democracy by telling us it is in our interest to protect us. we need protection from our government and a free internet is the only protection we have. WIKI LEAKS is prove how much protection we do need.

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