Thursday, November 30, 2017
Portugal's internet shows us a world without net neutrality, and it's ugly - LA Times
Portugal's internet shows us a world without net neutrality, and it's ugly - LA Times: "Khanna’s tweet displayed the mobile internet service offerings from the Portuguese telecommunications company MEO. After paying a fee for basic service, subscribers can add any of five further options for about $6 per month, allowing an additional 10GB data allotment for the apps within the options: a “messaging” tier, which covers such services as instant messaging, Apple FaceTime, and Skype; “social,” with liberal access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and so on; “video” (youTube, Netflix, etc.); “email and cloud” (Gmail, Apple’s iCloud); or “music” (Spotify, Pandora). Portugal isn’t the only country allowing tiering of internet services. In Britain, the internet service provider Vodaphone (sic) charges about $33 a month for basic service but offers several “passes” allowing unlimited video or music streaming, social media usage, or chat, at additional tariffs of up to $9/mth" 'via Blog this'