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Re: Will Google Learn Government 101?
Posted by: Sonia Arrison 2006-09-27 22:11:06
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A decade ago, Microsoft thought it could ignore bureaucratic rumblings with little or no fallout. That attitude led to the historic Microsoft antitrust trial and the realization that bureaucrats can indeed wield bigtime impact. Google is now learning a similar lesson, albeit in a different way. In the race to provide WiFi access to Internet users, one strategy that looked like a shortcut was to partner with government bodies that seemed inclined to offer a near monopoly to companies who agreed to provide citywide wireless Internet service for "free."


Re: Will Google Learn Government 101?
Posted by: mrinternet 2006-09-27 22:43:36 In reply to: Sonia Arrison
First off Internet users DO NOT WANT TV VIDEO streaming on their computers... see recent study -
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060920-7785.html
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Furthermore, lets discuss the biggest argument against Internet Neutrality -
"most Internet Service Providers do not pay for a connection to the Internet that equals the bandwidth they sell to their users in aggregate....................................... In other words, if 1,000 customers each pay for 1.5 Mb/s bandwidth, the ISP isn’t buying 1.5 Gb/s access to the Internet backbone. Rather, the ISP is buying a fraction of that, figuring that nowhere near everyone is going to connect at the same time"... if the users download speeds did NOT slow down to a craw, then there is excess bandwidth available by the ISP. The marketplace already prevails in that if people are fairly comfortable with their download speeds - then there is adequate bandwidth available. ..........................................
It is true that there is a formula that the ISP's use - I know... I was an Admin for a ISP - but there is a term: over-running your equipment which is where the routers and bandwidth are exceeded by customer demand - and ISPs constantly monitor this to prevent a consumer mutiny to another provider when Internet access “bottlenecks” with demand out-pacing supply.
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Most people I know that use the Internet excessively - have MAXIMUM speed connections already through their ISP to compensate for their above average needs of speed and bandwidth and the multi-tier pricing is already in place.
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ISPs are out to make money through value added services in the classic pyramid Internet business model.
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The current proposal on the table with the Broadband reform bill takes this classic pyramid business model and turns it upside down with the big TELCOs now being the value-added providers and the bandwidth wholesalers - that has the likes of ANTI-TRUST as they have an unusually unfair advantage being the wholesalers of bandwidth.
.................................................. Google is already a value added provider - COMCAST is trying to be one with their already huge customer base, AT&T is also trying to be one offering TV over the Internet. No wonder Google is crazy with the up-ending of the classic business model.
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Furthermore - users by in large DO NOT WANT TO VIEW TV on their computers - see latest study
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060920-7785.html
A refresher on how the total Laissez Faire (deregulation),
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laissez-faire of the cable industry benefited the consumer - http://www.consumersunion.org/telecom/lessondc201.htm
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Additionally - most people do not know what Net Neutrality is, as this complex issue has not been portrayed accurately in the media.
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The actual S. 2917 Senate Net Neutrality Bill is here -
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s109-2917 , introduced by a Republican Senator.
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The net neutrality debate is not really about money - except for possible anti-trust turning the classic Internet model pyramid upside down. Net neutrality is about the TELCOMs that will be in the drivers seat controlling everything on the Internet - wholesale bandwidth - hugh customer base they gained unfairly OVERNIGHT with the broadband reform bill - S. 2686: Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 -
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s109-2686
and control over what they will allow the consumer to see through 2 tier pricing which is a smoke screen for their Internet control. If the consumer would take the time to read the two bills and hear the arguments (without emotion), they will embrace Net Neutrality with open arms.
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