Whether it's 'Big
Oil', or 'Big
Pharma', a handful of mega corporations control the technologies and resources
without which modern day Americans would find themselves living in the stone
ages, like many of their sub-Saharan-African counterparts.
In this context, if 'Big Com' defeats Net Neutrality, which in our
corporate-legislative environment is a given, internet-goers will be facing
a fee for every search they conduct on search engines like Yahoo and Google.
the likes of AT&T and Verizon Communications have their way, any network
owner would be able to, say, create a kind of commuter lane to guarantee a
speedy delivery to customers.
That would mean a new expense for the likes of Google, Yahoo, AOL and other
Internet firms, which will surely pay up in order to remain competitive.
Eventually, the expense could become so burdensome, the
folks in Mountain View, Calif., and elsewhere would be forced to pass
on some, or all, of it to customers.
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[A] day could come when the Google bill goes in the mail, or you'll be Googling
per hour at wireless Internet hot spots, and cable operators add $5-a-month
unlimited Googling to their steeply discounted quintuple play of services.
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For argument's sake, say Google has to pay Comcast a penny a search. That
translates to a fee, just to Comcast, of about $5 million a month.
There are a dozen or so major Internet providers in the United States alone,
and scores, if not hundreds, worldwide.
So the price of a speedy Internet delivery in the United States for Google
and Yahoo, the two major search engines, would amount to an annual
fee in the hundreds of millions of dollars. That's a burden, even
for these two revenue machines.
This is how fiefdoms are made. Charge working people a PREMIUM for
access to MONOPOLIZED products or services that if available freely would level
the economic playing field and eliminate social divisions.
The premium doesn't go to production, or maintainence, or even to research
and development - all of which would be legitimate and necessary costs. NO.
This fee, or royalty, or interest payment, goes to pay the privileged few a
bonus for granting us peasants the privilege of using the monopoly that our
government bestows on them only by virtue of the authority vested in them by
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Congress Critters Kill Net Neutrality
House subcommittee voted to kill the Internet. Did you notice?
plans relaxation of media ownership rules, watchdogs say
approves Net-wiretapping taxes
Internet is Dead, Long Live the Internet