Paying twice for a single service
So I'm seeing this come up more and more these days... and I'm starting to wonder where the common sense is. I can't wait to see what the Government does... the results could prove the ultimate stupidity of government officials...
Let's think about this for a minute, we have a world wide infrastructure known as the Internet, people pay their phone and cable companies for High Speed access to this network. They then have the right to use the network to access the various servers hosting pages. These servers are also paying a company for High Speed access. Now we have both ends paying a provider to use their means of connection, but suddenly these providers want to pay twice. They want both ends to pay for usage of the lines... even though one of those ends is just fulfilling a request made by the end that is already paying. This isn't right... there's something very very wrong about that.
Let's say I send you (who lives in another country) a package. My government charges me to send you the package (the postal service), your government charges you to receive the package (customs and brokerage fees) but your government doesn't turn around and ask me for money. It'd be ridiculous to do that... yet that's what the ISPs now want to do...
Yes this has been going on for a while, so why am I just bringing this up? Because of the latest words from the mouth of a Verizon senior VP. He claims that Google is getting a 'free lunch'... yet what's he turning and asking for... He's asking for a 'free lunch', he's asking to charge for the use of a line that he's already charged someone for. The belief that this is going on truly astounds me and leads me to question where people's intelligence has gone... It's definately nonexistant these days.. Those of you interested in this can read the Washington Post article @ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/06/AR2006020601624.html