In fact, telcos HAVE to improve how they do this or they'll soon be out of work.
The same telcos like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast who are showing record earnings in recent years despite the economic slow-down, and are some of the largest lobbyists in Washington D.C. Sorry, they won't be out of work.
They might cut jobs to save money but the executives and the companies as a whole will keep on chugging along and people like us, and those cash-restricted watchdog groups have very little power to do anything about it - perhaps make a slight dent in their corporate machine (but not much else).
When Washington abolishes lobbyist efforts to sell out their public servants (which isn't going to happen, ever), and when regulators like the FCC actually truly stand up for the little guy instead of making small in-roads to appease the public (veneer of progress and back room deals), then the telcos, in my opinion, will be shaking in their Lucchese 1883 beeswaxed calfskin boots.
ILEC Ma Bell and her CLEC children are not afraid! Expect much of the same for a while.
Are you advocating measured service, Phil? i.e., Bill me per bits downloaded and uploaded every 30 days? This might make more sense as voice and video get Internet Protocol-ized, but promises to create even greater apples-oranges problems betwen carrier/ISP billing plans. I for one, do not miss the morning-daytime-evening-nighttime charges of yesteryear's long-distance carriers. While I agree that you should get what you pay for, seems like what needs to change here is the ways carriers/IPs talk about or emphasize what customers should expect in re average performance times.
"... smart people because they agree with me." - That made me laugh. But you're right about all the points laid out.
As for the pay-per use model - personally it doesn't matter to me since my Internet is paid for by my employer, but it's at least worth investigating further. So I'll have to say; no opinion yet, but I would like to see further research done. Great video. Thank you!
interesting view point. I just filed a vblog which is going to make me feel rather foolish when it hits tomorrow. wish i'd spoke to you first. you can feel free to post a more erudite retort, if you like
I don't need to be your "friend," but I would like my real friends to be able to find ME, not some other Phil Harvey. That's why I'm using Google Profile and Twitter, but tapping the brakes on Facebook and giving up on LinkedIn.
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