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goliath28

@comcast.net

This is ridiculous!

So by their mentalitity:

I buy a car (my computer), I pay taxes to build the roads (my ISP), I go to the grocery store (google) who also BTW pays taxes to pay for the roads and other infrastructure (their ISP/transit providers); so that we can reach each other. Now what they are saying is that they want to add an additional tax to actually put the car on said road??? Who do they think they are, the government!


funchords
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Actually, it's very "Phone Company."

These are the guys that charge you $0.20 to receive a text message, and sell you packages to get all the text you want.

Then, once they get people used to that model, they want to charge the senders money, too. »Verizon Charges Companies 3 Cents To SMS Their Customers

These are the brainiacs that charged you extra for "Touch Tone," or to keep your number from being printed in the directory -- even though touch tone and unlisted phone numbers both save them money.

If they were Hoteliers, they'd charge you for the room and charge you for looking in the mirror.
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jsz0
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join:2008-01-23
Jewett City, CT
reply to goliath28
That's an interesting analogy because it kinda works both ways.

If a company wants to build a big mall off a narrow exit that leads to a small narrow street the city/town would deny the building permit. The city might pay to increase the capacity & quality of the road in hopes of generating more tax revenue by making it a good location for other businesses to move to.

Quite often the company will agree to pay for some, or all, of the construction to improve capacity & quality of roads. In CT one of the local casinos has paid for extensive road work -- including adding an extra lane to a stretch of highway.

And of course, if taxes alone cannot pay for the upkeep of roads many states have tolls to generate more revenue.


goliath28

@comcast.net
You are exactly correct and that is what Google is and has done. They have paid for larger pipes and paid for additional hardware as well as setup direct private peering to 'widen that exit and increase the capacity for their section of road' you speak of.

But in this case what the 'government (i.e. ATT and others) are asking is that they not only widen that exit and increase that section of highway but increase all lanes everywhere else in the world as well because someone 100 to 1000 miles away may visit that mall too???? That doesn't work for me.



dsfsdds

@gci.com
You could even say google's private peering is like them building their own private underground highways directly to the shoppers block, completely bypassing the city streets.

patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1
reply to goliath28
said by goliath28 :

So by their mentalitity:

I buy a car (my computer), I pay taxes to build the roads (my ISP), I go to the grocery store (google) who also BTW pays taxes to pay for the roads and other infrastructure (their ISP/transit providers); so that we can reach each other. Now what they are saying is that they want to add an additional tax to actually put the car on said road??? Who do they think they are, the government!
The government (ATT) wants the grocery store to pay for more of the road as a hidden tax to pass onto you (all taxes paid for by businesses are ultimatly paid by you), then pat itself on the back for not raising taxes on you as much as it was planing to do before, and then win relection with all the positive PR (not increasing your bill $20 a month each year, year after year).


TomS_
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reply to funchords
Telecoms around the world is funny.

Here in Australia on my current mobile phone plan it costs me ~25c to SMS someone, but they pay nothing to receive it.

I pay whatever rate to make a phone call, and even if I call another mobile they pay nothing to receive it.

Even between different carriers it is only the originator that pays, the receiver pays nothing.

Mobile companies in the US must be loving it. Whether or not you make or receive a call, you're paying for it either way.