3 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
What free ride?
I've never understood this:
"BT said in an email to the BBC's Radio 4 programme You and Yours that the Corporation and other content owners 'can't expect to continue to get a free ride'"
Can someone explain where the "free ride" is? Don't the BBC (and google, youtube etc) pay for bandwidth at their end? Or do they also get "FREE UNLIMITED AS MUCH AS YOU CAN USE" deals?
If BT are complaining about the bandwidth between ISP and user, surely charging the user for bandwidth would be the solution, and not bitching at the company providing the data that the user wants to access?
Am I missing something?
Cue the "But doesn't mac come with safari?!11!" comments. There's already 2 verging on it.
People, grow up. The key is in the article - monopoly companies have extra oversight and legal responsibilities, and for a good reason. While the US seems happy to allow a consortium of big businesses to run government policy, we here in the EU have tended to prefer things like consumer protection, fair markets, etc.
While Milton Friedman may not like it, Milton Friedman's theories don't work.
Grow a set and realise that the market needs regulated.
And then realise that regulations without the teeth to enforce them are pointless, and companies thinking they are the law, or that they can pre-empt the law, are why regulation is needed.
The fact that 25% of people suffering liver disease cannot identify the liver compared to 50% for healthy people means that only half those who didn't know bother to actually pay any attention once they are diagnosed.
I wonder how large the overlap is between that group and the ones who bitch about the quality of NHS care in the Daily Wail etc?
I also wonder what the figures would be for the car-equivalent: "Please identify the transmission/engine/driveshaft on the following vehicle outline."
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