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April 29, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Open Internet: Access to the Internet isn’t free

The Seattle Times recent editorial “Don’t create toll booths on the Internet” [Opinion, April 27] seems to need a little more thinking.

When you haveone company utilizing 30 percent or more of the available bandwidth for delivery, any Internet service provider (ISP) is going to find ways to offset the capital cost of provisioning services to consumers. That can only be achieved one of two ways:

Either the party who is offering content pays the freight or access to the consumer, or the consumer pays the freight. If we all want free and open access to the content, then the ISP would need to change how it bills consumers.

This could be a measured service better known as usage caps. That way the consumer who uses more pays more.

There is no simple answer to the question. Someone has to pay because access to the Internet isn’t a free service. Nor are there any benevolent ISPs who will pick up the tab for expanded usage by consumers.

Jim Hirschy, Bellevue

<p>The Seattle Times recent editorial “Don’t create toll booths on the Internet” [Opinion, April 27] seems to need a little more thinking. </p><p>When you have one company utilizing 30 percent or more of the available bandwidth for delivery, any Internet service provider (ISP) is going to find ways to offset the capital cost of provisioning services to consumers. That can only be achieved one of two ways: </p><p>Either the party who is offering content pays the freight or access to the consumer, or the consumer pays the freight. If we all want free and open access to the content, then the ISP would need to change how it bills consumers. </p><p>This could be a measured service better known as usage caps. That way the consumer who uses more pays more. </p><p>There is no simple answer to the question. Someone has to pay because access to the Internet isn’t a free service. Nor are there any benevolent ISPs who will pick up the tab for expanded usage by consumers.</p><tagline><p class=”attribution”>Jim Hirschy, Bellevue</p></tagline>

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