posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 05:04 PM
There is a very real problem with the Internet today. Cable and Telco companies now rule the Internet, and they are bringing their Pay Models and
questionable Business Practices to the table.
When they advertise a 5Mb/sec Connection to the Internet, then you should be able to utilize that full 5MB/sec Connection however you see fit when you
lease that connection from them. Granted, ISPs count on you utilizing only 50% of that bandwidth daily, but still what you do with that connection
that you have leased, is entirely up to you (so long as it doesn't violate the TOS or Terms of Service of your ISP or is used to commit crimes).
Does it cost the ISP anymore more money if they have leased you a 5Mb/sec Connection if you use it only 20% of the time or if you only use it 10% of
the time. Of course not!
However, could the ISP make even more money by charging you a Bandwidth Surcharge on top of the Monthly Flat-Rate? Of course they could!
So, the Telcos and Cable Companies that have run the local ISPs out of town and now have monopolies in almost every geographical area of the United
States, are motivated by nothing more than greed in charging a Bandwidth Surcharge based on how much of the Bandwidth you are already leasing that you
In addition, these Telcos and Cable Companies are doing other things that are restricting your Internet Use. They block entire Port Ranges to prevent
you from doing what you choose with your Internet Connection. Their DNS Servers provide Non-Authoritative Responses to queries (generally providing
outdated or wrong information)...meaning you are hijacked and what you think is Google.com may not really be Google.com! They utilize Caching of
popular Websites, meaning that the website you are visiting may be a duplicate of that website from an hour ago, 8 hours ago, or even 24 hours ago!
Many of them add their own Advertising to Websites that they serve to you, and some even change the actual content of Websites that they give to you!
They perform Packet-Shaping and even route Packets differently, delaying Packets for certain Internet Services while giving others preferential
treatment (basically throttling the bandwidth they have guaranteed you in your lease). Most importantly, they monitor all traffic, log it and have no
reservations about handing that information over to the highest bidder or to any authority that asks for it, whether they have a warrant or not.
And let's not forget that if ever you have a problem, these Cable and Telco companies all utilize off-shore Customer Service Departments from
The sad thing is that they now manage the majority of the Internet Backbone as well...and the Internet does not quite work the same as Telephone and
Cable Networks do. This definitely shows when entire Geographical Regions spanning 5 - 7 States suffer from prolonged outages or reduced service
because some IT Tech at Qwest can't figure out BGP Routing to save his life.
What it comes down to however, is that the Telcos and Cable companies are scared. Who has a Land-line anymore? Yet almost everyone has Skype. Who uses
Cable anymore when you can just watch your shows online for free at either the official website or portals like Hulu? Rather than remain competitive,
dynamic and evolve with the times, these Mega Corporations are trying to make up for dwindling customers in their primary fields by screwing over
those in their secondary fields as Internet Providers. If they can't get a person to pay $50 a month for Cable and $50 a month for Phone in addition
to the $50 a month you are paying for Internet Service from them, then they gouge you by giving you $100 extra dollars in Surcharges to make up for
Corporate Greed and Gouging aside, it really honestly doesn't bother any of you here in the US that we have some of the slowest, yet most costly
Internet Service in the world? If providers in Iran can provide faster and less costly Internet Service than what is available in the US, then there
is definitely a problem people!!!
When Cable and Telcos have no competitors in their market, like they do today as the independent ISPs seems to have died after Dial-Up went the way of
the dinosaur, they have little or no reason to upgrade or remain competitive with the rest of the world. The only incentive they have is to gouge the
consumer to bleed them dry of every penny that they can.
And for those that think that you have a choice, in almost every case in the US the only choice that remains is Telco vs. Cable for your Internet
Provider. Even if you are lucky to have a local ISP still, chances are they are leasing their bandwidth from either the Telco or Cable company in your
area, which means that you will be affected by what the Telcos and Cable companies choose to do, even if you aren't directly getting your service
Regulation is desperately needed, although it now comes about 10 years too late for it to really do any good. This should have happened when Telcos
and Cable companies were first running the ISPs out of town.
[edit on 23-6-2009 by fraterormus]