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Isn't a "free" internet wonderful?


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#1    pantodragon

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:40 PM

One of the selling points of the internet is that it is “free” and, furthermore, the truth of this is a generally held belief.  (This is not actually the case; internet costs are there, but they are hidden and difficult to trace.  However, for the purposes of this post, let’s take the general view that the internet is, to all intents and purposes, free.)

I am going to make a prophesy:  the internet will not be “free” for much longer i.e. users will be charged for using it.

How do I arrive at this conclusion?  By experience.

Some readers will remember the time when one dealt with one’s insurance companies, utility companies etc, by snail mail.  When business decided it wanted customers to abandon snail mail for contact by telephone, among other encouragements provided was free contact telephone numbers (0800 numbers in the UK).  As business habituated us to using the telephone, it set about removing any avenue of retreat for customers reluctant to use the phone and once this had been achieved, it introduced customer telephone charges.  Now, not only does one pay for a once “free” telephone service, but when one contacts a utility or insurance company the call has been considerably lengthened by the inclusion of company advertising and the automation of operator services etc – all at additional cost to you.

So, that’s how business works.   When it decides to change customer habits it first offers a “free” alternative.  As customers increasingly make use of use this new, “free” alternative, business gradually removes any avenue of retreat.  Once the new practice is firmly established, business then slaps on hefty charges which the customer is then forced to pay.

This is exactly what is happening with the internet at the moment.  Business is currently going about forcing customers to use the internet, so it persuades us by offering a “free”, “more convenient” alternative to the phone etc.   Now it is becoming increasingly difficult to use anything but the internet i.e. avenues of retreat are gradually being removed.  It will not be long, therefore, before we are paying up-front charges to use the internet.


Oh, and while I’m about it, another internet prophesy….

Another selling point for the internet is that it brings down barriers.  For example, people can publish their writing, music etc for free i.e. without having to go through a publisher.  And, indeed, some people have attracted the attention of publishers/agents and forged successful careers for themselves by self-publishing on sites such as YouTube.  What people fail to realise, however, is that this is a trap.  It will not be long before publishers will not touch an author BEFORE they have become a success on the internet.  That way the risk to the publisher is reduced to a minimum and, moreover, most of the publisher’s work is passed on to the author.  So, less work for the publisher, fewer risks, and more profits.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:52 PM

Where, in the world, do you not have to pay for internet right now?

Are you highjacking someones paid line or something?  And then thinking up some silly philosophy where you make not very thought through connections ... oh boy.... not another one of you.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:48 PM

Of course we have to pay for the internet.  First we have to buy a computer or other device.  Then we have to pay for the connection.  We also have to put up with advertisements (a sort of cost) and buy much of the software we use.  All sorts of "premium" services also cost extra, and generally the free versions aren't worth much.

Even the electricity we use to run the computer has a cost.

The internet is a tremendous boon for international-type people who want to stay in contact with people around the world, so email, which can be had for free provided its personal use only, and cloud data storage and certain low cost, but hardly free for business uses like e-phone services are great and a huge advance over what we use to have to put up with.  I also like listening to my favorite music stations, generally PBS in the States.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:22 PM

I have all ways had to pay for the internet. Other then when it first came out and was only a black screen with white letter typing. Then came the dial up modem, and AOL. I can not remember what I had to pay, but I had to for the service....DSL and Cable came, and so did more providers.

I do not know of anywhere that is free, other then " internet cafe's ", and even then, the service is paid for to the provider by the owner.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:24 PM

The internet is not free, you pay for it from your subscription


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:39 PM

Internet Freedom of Speech regulation is the new cool thing going around.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:38 PM

@title yes free internet is wonderful so lets keep it that way


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:42 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 02 March 2013 - 06:24 PM, said:

The internet is not free, you pay for it from your subscription

I have a wireless internet connection, and I live in a congested neighborhood.

Many people here also have wireless connections, and I can view about 8-10 on my computers.

2 of them are totally unsecured, and as a test, I have been able to piggy-back their connection(I guess their close enough for a strong signal)

But I won't drop my paid subscription and piggy-back theirs, because that's stealing. And their available bandwith, which they pay for, is cut in half when I do so. I would not want that done to me.

EDIT: I'm not suggesting the OP is doing this, I'm just adding to the conversation.

Edited by pallidin, 02 March 2013 - 07:47 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:49 PM

View Postpallidin, on 02 March 2013 - 07:42 PM, said:

I have a wireless internet connection, and I live in a congested neighborhood.

Many people here also have wireless connections, and I can view about 8-10 on my computers.

2 of them are totally unsecured, and as a test, I have been able to piggy-back their connection(I guess their close enough for a strong signal)

But I won't drop my paid subscription and piggy-back theirs, because that's stealing. And their available bandwith, which they pay for, is cut in half when I do so. I would not want that done to me.

EDIT: I'm not suggesting the OP is doing this, I'm just adding to the conversation.
i know, when i moved house we didn't have our own because there was hardly any signal, it was only for a day anyway


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:20 PM

I'm definitely not saying I agree with the original poster, but I do think he is confusing the 'internet' (or a connection to the internet at least) and the 'World Wide Web'.


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

I think it's quite easy to feel that it's an illusion having free Internet.
It's all set up and you take things for granted.
But to get to that stage you need plenty of money.
The PC or laptop can't suddenly go walkies from Comet to your house.
However the Internet costs  are so slight they might as well be invisible.
Until your computer gets infected with Malware or a Trojan.
Or you need to attach some gizmo if you've interrupted a download.
You can't avoid a service provider in a Wi- Fi hotspot.
But it's only his first week after all.

Edited by Medium Brown, 03 March 2013 - 06:32 PM.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:57 PM

It may be that he is using the word "free" to mean free of regulation and censorship rather than free of charge.  Compared to the broadcast and published media in a lot of countries, the internet is remarkably free that way, and has become just about the only way a lot of people get news they feel is not state manipulated.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:21 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 03 March 2013 - 06:57 PM, said:

It may be that he is using the word "free" to mean free of regulation and censorship rather than free of charge.  Compared to the broadcast and published media in a lot of countries, the internet is remarkably free that way, and has become just about the only way a lot of people get news they feel is not state manipulated.
In that case then it's pretty good for a first week.
Who would have thought he was going on about freedom of choice.
But when you have a ponder like you have it's glaringly obvious.
However if you look back a few pages on this sub- forum you'll see the first signs of censorship.
It's to do with a certain little social network called Facebook.
So the news might not be state manipulated now on the Internet now.
Who's to say though that the powers to be might feel the need to suppress info.
Let's hope the little guys hold out and continue to report how it is.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

View Postpantodragon, on 02 March 2013 - 03:40 PM, said:

Some readers will remember the time when one dealt with one’s insurance companies, utility companies etc, by snail mail.  When business decided it wanted customers to abandon snail mail for contact by telephone, among other encouragements provided was free contact telephone numbers (0800 numbers in the UK).  As business habituated us to using the telephone, it set about removing any avenue of retreat for customers reluctant to use the phone and once this had been achieved, it introduced customer telephone charges.  Now, not only does one pay for a once “free” telephone service, but when one contacts a utility or insurance company the call has been considerably lengthened by the inclusion of company advertising and the automation of operator services etc – all at additional cost to you.
Still plenty of free-call numbers in Australia mate. You're getting ripped!

When I was in Europe I had a 24 hour free international number I could ring from even my mobile, to approve purchases over a set amount on my credit card. That ain't bad.

And the disclosure statements and privacy statements are all there to protect consumers...

Edit: Forgot a word :/

Edited by Timonthy, 04 March 2013 - 03:29 PM.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:21 PM

View PostRender, on 02 March 2013 - 04:52 PM, said:

Where, in the world, do you not have to pay for internet right now?

Are you highjacking someones paid line or something?  And then thinking up some silly philosophy where you make not very thought through connections ... oh boy.... not another one of you.

You need to read my post more carefully - you have obviously misunderstood it.





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