Can’t wait for this exciting future to become a reality:
The idea? Make it possible for your wireless provider to monitor everything you do online and charge you extra for using Facebook, Skype or Netflix. For instance, in the seventh slide of the above PowerPoint, a Vodafone user would be charged two cents per MB for using Facebook, three euros a month to use Skype and $0.50 monthly for a speed-limited version of YouTube. But traffic to Vodafone’s services would be free, allowing the mobile carrier to create video services that could undercut NetFlix on price.
So, we’ll have carrier-installed apps that you can’t delete and that you can’t bypass via web or other applications. Neat. If you think for one second Comcast/Xfinity and the rest aren’t also looking to do exactly this, then you haven’t been paying much attention.
Please do let your members of Congress know just how awful you think this outcome would be; maybe also mention that our high speed internet infrastructure is now falling behind such stalwarts as Romania. They might want to look into that before handing over the keys to the kingdom to the very same buffoons.
And, of course, be sure to wish him or her all the best in the upcoming Rigors of Festivus or other patriotic year end celebratory spectations.