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Scree
In the pipe 5 by 5

join:2001-04-24
Mount Laurel, NJ

1 recommendation

reply to skeechan

Re: In other news...

...And we still pay too much for services...



Qwest exec

@qwest.net

If you're willing to pay it, it's not too much.



Xioden
Premium
join:2008-06-10
Monticello, NY
kudos:1

We're going to start charging for oxygen. $100 a breath. Since you want to live and all you'll be willing to pay so it's not too much!


Telco

join:2008-12-19
reply to Qwest exec

Indeed, because Americans have so many choices. Oh you mean it's 'your choice' to use electricity or running water.


Androidian

join:2012-12-14
Purcellville, VA
Reviews:
·Comcast

1 recommendation

reply to Qwest exec

There's a difference between being "willing" to pay something and not really having a choice, isn't there? Some people work from home, and therefore have no choice but to pay for "high speed" Internet... even if they are price gouged.

And then we have the really anti-competitive businesses like AT&T and Verizon, who somehow magically will all die fiery deaths in hell if they aren't allowed to place ridiculously low caps on usage and bill for overages at ludicrous rates. They use the mythical "bandwidth hog" as their example, trying to paint a false picture about others' greed and habits when it's simply their own greed and desire to screw consumers which have led to their pricing model.

I'm not a big fan of big government... I'm really not. And I don't like it when government passes a whole bunch of new laws that aren't really necessary. But in this case, I believe we're almost at a point where our government has somewhat of a duty to step in and begin treating broadband as a utility... just like electricity and water. If we're going to be stuck in a nation with little to no choice of "high speed" Internet providers in most areas, then consumers should be at least entitled to the same protections afforded to them when faced with other monopolies.



chip89
Premium
join:2012-07-05
Independence, OH
reply to Xioden

We are charged for air already try felling your tires at a gas station sometime.



skeechan
Ai Otsukaholic
Premium
join:2012-01-26
AA169|170
kudos:2

The air is free, you pay to use the compressor.



BingoRingo

join:2010-03-29
Gatineau, QC
kudos:1
Reviews:
·voip.ms
reply to Scree

said by Scree:

...And we still pay too much for services...

In Canada the new trend with Rogers is 200 MB on a 3-year $55/month plan. It used to be 500 MB for cheaper just a few months ago... That doesn't mean you're getting a deal though.


m0deth

@verizon.net
reply to Qwest exec

Yes because there's so much f'king choice in this non-monopoly driven communications market we have here in the U.S.

Please, leave the gems of wisdom home if they contain no wisdom, spouting lines like that requires willful ignorance of the situation.



rf1445

@comcast.net
reply to chip89

Actually you are not paying for the air. You are paying for the use of the equipment and electricity it takes to pump that air. But their profit is still 99.9% of that cost.


htroberts

join:2011-02-11
reply to Qwest exec

said by Qwest exec :

If you're willing to pay it, it's not too much.

That's only true if the price is set by the market: that is, if there are many buyers and many sellers. Internet providers work hard to ensure that there's not a competitive market.


skeechan
Ai Otsukaholic
Premium
join:2012-01-26
AA169|170
kudos:2

That is the very definition of and inelastic item. People need insulin and to avoid death will pay whatever it costs to get it but that doesn't mean that the cost paid can't be excessive.