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The FTC, Corporate Whores To The End

I was reading a news article today from The Register and I figured I'd rant a bit about the topic. You can read the article I'm commenting on here.

Basically, the FTC has been pursuaded by Telephone and Cable companies that Network Neutrality legislation is unnecessary, as competition will stop ISPs from implementing it.

Now I don't know about where you live, but let me cite an example here in Canada about so called competition.

Here we have 3 major cell phone companies that provide Cell service to everyone. While they have a wide array of competitive regular access plans, the prices are all very close to each other. Its when you get into DATA traffic that it gets interesting.

You can get a decent faster than dial-up connection through the cell phone network in the US for around $80 a month. That's awesome, I'd love to use one here, except that I'm in Canada, so rightly I get ****ed. Here's some juicy numbers for you.

Bell Canada
Monthy Cost N/A $25.00 $40.00 $60.00 $100.00
MB Included N/A 4 8 30 250
Price per extra MB (Overage) N/A $12.00 $8.00 $6.00 $3.00
Telus Mobility Canada
Monthly Cost $5.00 $25.00 $40.00 $60.00 $100.00 $375.00
MB Included 0 (PPU) 4 8 30 250 1024
Price per extra MB (Overage) $15.00 $12.00 $8.00 $6.00 $3.00 $1.00

Rogers Canada
Crashed the site with an Error 500 when I went to view the plans (But last time I looked, they were the same as above.)

Now get this, you get dinged an additon $0.50 per month for 911 access and a $6.95 a month access fee. By access fee, they mean "Customers paying for our new towers out of their pockets, not ours!"

Are you seeing the pattern here? 3 competing companies, all the same prices for the same plans? Can you say, ****ing the customers!

I can't rant on the condition of things in the US, however I know that in most areas, American customers have at most, one affordable option, perhaps two. Some places have 3 or more, but not alot. What all this comes down to is simple, if you let companies control something that they can go overboard charging you on, you are going to be charged more than you ever expected.

The FTC ruling in itself is a joke. The lack of enforcement for credit problems in the US is well known. It comes down to one thing in the end. Big business gives big money to the government. In exchange for all that nice nummy monies, the government gives out the political version of a blowjob in the street.

Nothing but a bunch of whores.

Dan

Written by Dan on 2015-01-22 18:25:18

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