Carriers might start charging for data based on the sites you are visiting

Carriers might start charging for data based on the sites you are visiting
After trying to mob up against Facebook, Apple, Google and the like, the carriers are obviously exploring additional possibilities too, in case those companies give them the boot on additional traffic charges for frequenting sites like YouTube. The carriers' claim is that those sites didn't exist when they planned for their network capacity, and now they need a piece of the action. Valid argument, provided that we weren't already paying them a steep monthly fee for the wireless Internet access anyway.

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.

via Engadget



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 and get inform.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

And this is what net neutrality is all about...and this is the reason I am pissed Google sided with Verizon...

2. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

This was in Europe, not the US! US carriers dont need to do this. They already charge to much on the monthly.

1. psn1819

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

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