TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Confused About Net Neutrality

Re: Confused About Net Neutrality

Sam Spade (
Mon, 03 Jul 2006 08:12:29 -0700

George Mitchell wrote:

> As he explains it, the telecoms are almost solely interested in
> creating billable events. If this is correct, then as you
> hypothesize, they want to set any number of arbitrary limits so that
> they can bill you when you exceed the limits.

That has always been their greedy mind-set. An example is name
delivery on Caller ID. The FCC mandate on Caller ID (1994 or 95) was
only to deliver the number. So, all the telephone entities fought and
fought over a per transaction fee for name deivery. Thus, name
delivery over LEC boundaries is the exception rather than the norm.

They also want to destroy the VOIP carriers, so they can in turn drop
their flat-rate long distance plans, thus seeing heavy users of long
distance return to $2,000 per month phone bills.

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