Good for you Maine. Not letting anti-competitive laws pass is a great way to fight the impending loss of Net Neutrality.
Time to move to the land of lobster!
I've got family up there. It's actually a really nice state.
I spent my childhood summering there every other year. I actually really love it. My family came SO close to selling the farm and buying a diner up there on an island when I was about ten. I almost grew up in a tiny little island town.
I used to use an ISP that charged by the bit. People bitched and moaned about it because they thought bandwidth was free. Yeah, it cost a tiny bit more to use them, but I had one hop to the InterNAP backbone. 10ms lag to games, always available bandwidth, always good. This is where ISPs are gonna have to go to limit dumbasses leaving Netflix on all day long and not watching it.
It was pretty obvious. ISPs should charge for usage, then people would see how it really works all the way to their pocketbook.
I'll admit that I skipped his last paragraph - the rant bored me before I got to the real meat of his post :).
But to the point that I quoted above, why do they need to go to a pay per bit method? If they are not making enough money selling you the 50 meg unlimited they claim they are currently selling you... uhhhh.. guess what.. they need to raise their rates.. this seems pretty cut and dry. Sure if you want to really make people use less bandwidth start charging by the bit and showing people real usage and cost, but if bandwidth really isn't an issue (I certainly don't know if it is or not) but they aren't making enough to cover the 50 meg they are selling me.. then raise the damned rates. Considering today's lack of competition setup there isn't anywhere for someone to go.. so they are pretty safe...
Power, Water and Sewer I can understand - but phone, cable, internet - we're not talking huge items here. While I will agree that the government should PERHAPS own this and allow at cost access, I don't see running more fiber/copper, etc into neighborhoods as physically restricted as water and sewer.
It's not as restrictive but once you don't have the right to do it, you don't have the right to do it. It's a black and white issue in many cases. No one wants twenty carriers running lines down the telephone poles. It gets very messy very quickly. And if you go underground then you are looking at digging up a whole city to let a new carrier in. It's not impossible, but it is just as effective as water or sewer in most cases and definitely as restrictive as power.
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