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Originally Posted by alex98uk View Post
Overcharged?

Welcome to life where companies make profits. Everything has mark up, TV's, computers, Internet, food etc... everything is overcharged.
Do people really not understand that profits make things cheaper?
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Ill come back when some one comes up with some soultion or a reall really good explination.. The little soulders are starting to move in repeating what the the guy above them said. That input is not needed..
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Ill come back when some one comes up with some soultion or a reall really good explination.. The little soulders are starting to move in repeating the the guy above them said. That input is not needed..
I already gave a detailed explanation of EXACTLY why you pay to access the internet. Didn't you get that?
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The internet is free. Your connection to it, however, is not.

It has been said several times, but let me reiterate: someone has to buy and maintain all the equipment we use to access the internet. It is too expensive/technical/impossible for each person to maintain their own direct link to the backbone, so we have a middleman - the ISP. They have to pay for equipment and workers, along with paying for their own connection.

They are a business, not a charity, so they require payment for their services. Although utilities do not follow the standard "supply and demand" method of economics, internet access is kind of the one exception. They charge what they charge because most Americans are willing to pay for it. There are specific examples where prices and speeds fluctuate from the average, but most of us pay between $20 and $50 depending on the amount of competition and offered speeds in each area. I pay $30/month for 3 down/1up because it is the only option other than dial up where I live. In more populated areas, you can get over twice that speed for the same price. Since my ISP already knows I am willing to pay $30 a month, what business sense would it make for them to drop my price?
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Actually - here is the best question of all on a little bit more philosophical approach on a broader but related topic....

A lot of people would say less government oversight and free market capitalism is the route to go to ensure that private (and public) businesses can conduct business without the intrusion of too much government oversight. But as we've all seen happen even more rapidly as of late than in previous history, how does the government protect itself from corporate grip? The corporations want government to loosen or lose their grip, but who has the answer to protect both sides from each other?

Anyone?!
    
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Pay for Internet?

Who pays for Internet? I have a nice little wireless card and it picks up the Internet without cost.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo View Post
I pay $30/month for 3 down/1up because it is the only option other than dial up where I live. In more populated areas, you can get over twice that speed for the same price. Since my ISP already knows I am willing to pay $30 a month, what business sense would it make for them to drop my price?
Note to self....don't move to Sweetwater Texas....

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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
Actually - here is the best question of all on a little bit more philosophical approach on a broader but related topic....

A lot of people would say less government oversight and free market capitalism is the route to go to ensure that private (and public) businesses can conduct business without the intrusion of too much government oversight. But as we've all seen happen even more rapidly as of late than in previous history, how does the government protect itself from corporate grip? The corporations want government to loosen or lose their grip, but who has the answer to protect both sides from each other?

Anyone?!
The answer is that no group of people in society should have the authority to initiate the use of force against anyone else. Once we figure this out, things are going to get a lot better.
Edited by Vegetables - 8/20/10 at 2:14am
post #49 of 213
The ISP's need money. Companies like Verizon, AT&T, MetroCast, etc. all pay to use the Satellites up there. They use it for things like cellphones, satellite TV, and internet. They have to pay to use this type of equipment you know. It's not all in the wiring that's underground/overground. I wished internet was free though. It's true nobody owns it. Same thing with everything else like phones and TV.
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Simple.

Nothing is free in this world.
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