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Re: Why not?
You're exactly right. AT&T canvasses the country and builds a network. A network that is ESSENTIAL for an industry. Why can't they charge for that? Microsoft charged PC makers to load the software. Amazon eats the Kindle delivery charge. Google ITSELF charges for priority access to consumers (bid more - top of the results page! Network neutrality should dictate that Google posts everyone's ads equally/randomly, no matter the bid price). Tell me where, in business, one company provides a completely and entirely essential service to another company and isn't paid for it?
The carriers want to be like a shopping mall that charges for parking. The users pay for parking. The companies lease space. The carriers, like the developers, actually break ground and build the whole thing. It's getting tiring hearing the person in a dark room coding on their terminal whine that they aren't able to reap billions when the carrier employee climbing up a telephone pole and weathering the elements sees little. The coder needs the carrier employee. The carrier employee does not need the coder.
Basically, why can't the carriers be like the yellow pages? They provide free content (listing directories) but also charge for premium ads. Right now the carriers charge both sides but that could go away when MetroPCS begins offering free plans subsidized by all the premium access.
KrKHeavy Artillery For The Little GuyPremium
Think of it this way. Someone fences off and gates off your property, then if anyone wants access to your home, they charge them to open the gate.
Those people, in turn, charge you more to service you.
It's bad idea.
AT&T walls you off with caps, then offers app makers the choice of paying them for "better" access to the customer.
How is this not like a protection racket, where businesses are squeezed to pay money so that "they are protected" from bad things happening to them... which will if they don't!
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini