Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service

Nilay Patel, Engadget, Dec 21, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

CBC's radio coverage said it best: net neutrality for now, but not necessarily net neutrality. This seems to be the outcome of the FCC decision today to sort of tenuously grant a sort of compromise version of net neutrality. We are being told that the 'open internet' is just a pipe dream'. Meanwhile, we're getting some glimpses of what the carriers would like to do. They'd basically like a stranglehold on everything that's delivered, charging differentiated and premium service charges for access to things like Skype, YouTube, and Facebook. What's worse - from my perspective - is that those are the services they support. The sort of services we want - like free, open and non-commercial education - would simply not be available. But the carriers don't have that yet. So I guess that's the good news.
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