Scotch Plains, NJ
This is no longer an internet connection This is now a private network with internet connectivity.
I'd be pissed.
And THAT'S how they'll get around any net neutrality regs.
"No, we're not an ISP. Subscribers buy access to our network, and we allow them to access the Internet via a gateway that we have in place."
reply to jjoshua
said by jjoshua:Exactly. And if we have to pay a 180 times markup for a public IP address to continue to get what we originally were offered we have a right to pissed.
This is now a private network with internet connectivity.
On the other hand, the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses (something predicted before its deployment, I believe by the authors of the standard (the hardware of the day couldn't afford more addresses)) is a very real problem. And it's too early to offer IPv6 as an alternative, although if they don't offer it for free eventually we'll know its a money grab as much as anything else, and ideally they'll be forced by the FTC to advertise the total price if they want to say they're offering "Internet" access.
Hmmm, back in the early-mid-90s when MAE-East and -West were the only two public interchanges one or more dominant Internet companies including UUNET at one point conspired to do much the same thing, offer a private network with limited Internet connectivity (you'd only be able to get to other networks that were willing to pay them big bucks). I think Sprint blasted that cartel wide open when they started offering cheap 0 CIR Internet links and changed the business model for the better.