Carriers might start charging for data based on the sites you are visiting
It is precisely this fee that the carriers are contemplating to slice and dice now, according to the type of usage. A recent presentation by two big companies that provide subscriber management services to large carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Vodafone, reveals a nice little traffic segmentation plan. Openet and Allot Communications are advertising tools to help carriers charge depending on the kind of Internet traffic their customers are generating. Here's the scoop:
"[We use] a number of different methods to accurately identify the application -- methods like heuristic analysis, behavioral and historical analysis, deep packet inspection, and a number of other techniques. What's key is that we have the best application identification available on the market, which means that even applications that are encrypted or use other methods to evade detection will be correctly identified and classified... We essentially feed this real-time information about traffic and application usage into the policy and charging system. Each subscriber has a particular service plan that they sign up for, and they're as generic or as personalized as the operator wants."
All of that might mean that if you are just updating your Facebook status or chatting on Skype every now and then, you will be charged differently than if, say, you throw the daily top ten YouTube videos in the mix. On top of that, if you use a VPN, or some other encrypted service, the two companies still say they can identify what are you visiting with which applications, and help carriers charge accordingly. It might be a steep climb, if that's what the carriers have in mind, since we can imagine all sorts of privacy concerns arising.
1. psn1819 (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
I hope this is a damn joke!!! WHich of the 4 of largest carriers in the US, making multi-billion dollars a year, is reeally thinking of make this a possiblilty.
2. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
This was in Europe, not the US!
US carriers dont need to do this. They already charge to much on the monthly.
3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
And this is what net neutrality is all about...and this is the reason I am pissed Google sided with Verizon...
4. tonetone956 (unregistered)
I would be super pissed if this did happen but jeffdabeat is right that why we pay these for data usage a month but yeah hell no to net neutrality its a waste of time and a joke just like everything else the government tell us. yeah
go infowars.com and get inform.