Mr. Genachowski said tiered pricing, will “increase consumer choice and competition” and yield in “lower prices for people who consume less broadband.” Although, as Electronista notes, “he did not clarify what mechanism would drive prices down.”
Public interest groups have decried the potential impact broadband data caps will have on the market and innovation, not to mention the biases baked in the plans. Comcast, for example, counts Netflix video into its data plan, but lets its own XFinity service stream away.
…“increase consumer choice and competition”… yeah, that’s exactly what will happen. I mean, except for how that’s not what’s going to happen, at all.
Because my cable company has always offered lower price options. It’s not like they systematically raise my rates because they are part of a natural monopoly…
I’ll admit that reading articles about the rapidly rising cost of college (and post-graduate) tuition has become a minor obsession of mine, but the issue of college debt is one that I think is incredibly important, particularly given what it says about how the current leadership of the country (i.e., Baby Boomers) views the world and the issue of access to higher education. Take, for example, this quote from John Kasich, the current governor of Ohio who has made cuts to higher education:
“To say that tuition goes up because the state doesn’t pay enough money, well, that is the taxpayers’ money.”
John Kasich, you might be interested to know, has a degree from Ohio State University - a public university. He received his degree in 1974, at a time when I would estimate the state subsidized at least 50% of tuition (currently, it’s at 7%) and the national average for tuition for in-state public schools was approximately $298. Adjusted for inflation, the same tuition would be $1,455.63 in 2012. In-state tuition in Ohio is currently $9,711 ($24,759 for out-of-state).
I vividly remember watching a documentary in college, “Berkeley in the Sixties,” wherein was discussed the idea that the value of underwriting the educations of the best and the brightest - arguably what a public university system does - was seen as an investment in the future; an investment worth making.
The irony to me is that a generation of Baby Boomers like John Kasich and Rick Santorum received the full advantage of publicly-funded higher education, only to turn around and slam the door to such an education in the face of the generations behind them. Sure, I definitely agree that there’s a lot of waste that can be cut from American universities - much of which has been driven by the explosion of student loan debt - but that doesn’t mean that we should be making our public institutions inaccessible to the bright but financially-challenged students of tomorrow.