Net Neutrality: Part 2
We have a First, I don't think it will be the Last
It is just nearly a year that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse called Net Neutrality "a hard concept to get my head around". It was in this interview that Dan Hesse categorically stated that Sprint, a United States telecommunications company, will not be changing its unlimited plans. but then backtracks to state that it could be a possibility.
Well the future is now.
In my previous post, I put a hypothetical advert to demonstrate what kind of billing or plans we would see advertised if net neutrality were to end. Well, now we can turn that hypothetical into the real world example.
Sprint is now the first company in the US to begin setting up a multi-tiered internet service.
Sprint have now declared with all openness and without subtlety that subscribers to its networks will have to pay more for access to social media and music.
Virgin Mobile USA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint. Sold under Sprint's Virgin Mobile plans is now providing Unlimited access to one of four social media services for the price of $12 (£9) on top of any data plan.
You could only pick ONE out of the four. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest.
To be able to access all of the social media services you will have to pay another $10 (£7) on top of the $12 to be able to have full access.
So our calculations so far is another $22 a month on top of the $5 that you will have to pay to get, ironically, "Unlimited Internet".
Additionally it would also cost $5 a month to have unlimited streaming from any one music app. If you are on Spotify Premium you would have to pay an extra $5 to access the music that you have already paid for.
This is worrying as Sprint is not offering you a direct service to provide you with music, they don't have music to offer you, you don't deal through Sprint to get Spotify but they act as if they are, charging you as if they were providing that service.
What we have here is complete discrimination over your internet usage. On top of any other data caps that you are provided with, it will also soon get confusing. And where confusion reigns the customer will evidently lose MORE.
It is a sad case that a large percentage of their subscribers don't know what net neutrality is, much less care about it.