osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Link Harvest: Media Companies Notice Metered Pricing Has Problems

A good summary both of the potential negative effect of metered pricing on broadband use and on the fact that consumers who sign up for high speeds don't get them, because when it comes to imposing obligations on the carriers, it's still "best efforts."

The one annoying thing is that it glosses over the fundamental reason why metered pricing got junked in the mid-1990s. The FCC regulations ensuring access by ISPs to telco infrastructure, the Computer proceedings, allowed dozens of dial up ISPs to come into the market and charge based on actual cost. Mind, there was some regulatory arbitrage, and we used to have widespread peering, but this whole complex environment which set the pattern and the regulations that enabled competition at the consumer level inevitably drop out of the story.

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