oth AT&T and Verizon are coming to terms with the FCC’s stance on Net Neutrality, but only on hard-wired broadband networks. However the two largest mobile carriers in the U.S. are protesting the FCC’s decision to apply net neutrality across mobile networks.
The carriers say that the landscape is too competitive and bandwidth is too scarce to permit any kind of traffic to flow across their mobile networks. In reality the companies are just protecting the outdated minutes model.
While allowing traffic from VoIP and file-sharing could clog up the companies’ networks, it’s more likely that they would just have to build out their mobile networks. However what the carriers are really worried about is protecting their revenue from monthly minutes plans
Once users can switch to VoIP calling, the carriers may have to dramatically reduce the price of their monthly minutes plan and might even offer affordable unlimited calling plans. This same phenomenon happened with long distance calling and Internet access almost a decade ago.Read more »