This is not the free market at work; do not believe the lies of the telecommunications industry. These “usage fees” are a way to extract more money from their territorial monopolies by either taxing “heavy usage” (a dubious term at best) or by pressuring a return to “traditional” cable subscriptions–and do not get reinvested into infrastructure improvements.
Only until the United States gets real, meaningful competition in the telecommunications market, will we continue to be subject to more and more of these intolerable acts and will have to impose more and more regulation to protect ourselves from shameless racketeering.
Your home Internet will soon work a lot more like your phone’s data plan, if it doesn’t already.
Source: Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too | WIRED
The demise of the merger is unqualified good news for content producers. But what about cable and broadband customers?
Source: Stopping the Comcast–Time Warner Merger Is Only the Start – The New Yorker
The world is paying attention to internet policy in a way that it never has before.
Source: Comcast Can Blame Us All for Sinking Its Time Warner Deal | WIRED
We’ve gracefully sidestepped not one but two potential online dystopias, and it’s not even May.
Source: 2015: The Year We Saved the Internet | WIRED
Comcast has dropped its much-criticized plan to acquire Time Warner Cable after federal regulators recommended increased scrutiny of the proposed deal.
Source: Comcast Drops Bid for Time Warner Cable (Developing) | WIRED