In 2010, after two years of preparation and a fierce battle, the Dutch parliament accepted a change to the Telecommunications Act which made net neutrality a principle that was protected by law. In this talk we will take stock after two years of legal protection of net neutrality in The Netherlands. Did it work and do the Dutch now have undiscriminated access to all services on the internet? Has the doomsday scenario of the providers, that subscriptions would become outrageously expensive, become reality? In which cases was the Dutch law enforced? Are there any loopholes […]
Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s largest telecommunications carrier is set to start charging subscribers extra money for using services, such as Skype, in an effort to boost revenues. internet or data plans that give customers discounted rates will only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude Voice over IP services (VoIP). VoIP services include those such as Skype, Line and Viber that typically let users make free calls through the internet. An Airtel spokeswoman said the charges will only apply to pre-paid customers and will be implemented soon. More at Slashdot.
In a new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that Internet service providers (ISPs) may use data caps to impose higher prices on home users. ISPs have argued that consumers could benefit from caps or “usage-based pricing,” because consumers who use small amounts of data would pay less than customers who use a lot more, similar to how the cellular market works. But there isn’t enough competition in all cities or towns to prevent ISPs from abusing data caps, the GAO wrote. “Although few fixed Internet customers are affected by UBP [usage-based […]
In a new trial, Comcast has found yet another way to screw its customers. In this trial, XFINITY Internet Economy Plus customers can choose to enroll in the Flexible-Data Option to receive a $5.00 credit on their monthly bill and reduce their data usage plan from 300 GB to 5 GB. If customers choose this option and use more than 5 GB of data in any given month, they will not receive the $5.00 credit and will be charged an additional $1.00 for each gigabyte of data used over the 5 GB included in the […]
Sen. Al Franken says Sen. Ted Cruz ‘s comparison of net neutrality as ‘Obamacare for internet’ is completely wrong. Al Franken’s speech from four year’s ago on net neutrality is still relevant. The heart of it is around 11:30. Franken made a PSA earlier this year explaining net neutrality. He’s been fighting for four years.