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By soydios on 9/21/2006 1:03:17 AM , Rating: 1
In some ways, telcos already have tiered networks: they charge different prices for different bandwidth packages.

If you want to surf the Internet faster, you buy a higher-bandwidth access package.
If a content provider wants to provide content faster, then it buys a faster upload bandwidth package.

I see no good reason why the telcos must insert an extra unnecessary and discriminatory fee to get data across the middle. Bandwidth is already paid for at either end. Furthermore, it's my opinion that the Internet, both as a matter of principle and as a matter of continued economic growth, should remain untiered in the middle. A new economy has sprung up on the basis that the Internet is an open highway to the rest of the world.

By marvdmartian on 9/21/2006 10:50:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but if the internet providers can force BOTH ends to pay for increased bandwidth, then they win, don't they??

This isn't so much like charging people to go to the mall, it's more like charging you to walk into the individual shops!

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