Why Do Broadband Providers Always Sound Like Gangsters Selling Protection?
from the kneecappings-for-bittorrent-users-are-next dept
Canadian broandband provider Shaw has hit back at Vonage's complaint earlier this week about the "tax" Shaw levies at susbcribers who choose to use anybody's VoIP service but its own. The company says it merely offers users the optional "opportunity" to get better quality of service for their VoIP calls. While the fee may be optional, the language Shaw uses to describe it sounds exactly like a movie gangster trying to sell protection, saying "You know, it would be a real shame, if some of your packets were to get, you know, dropped..." It's the same type of rhetoric we've heard from other providers about competing VoIP services, as well as the claims from telcos that all they want to do is offer paying content subscribers a smoother ride to end users. Of course, others are more upfront about how they want to extort money from content providers. At least those people are honest about how they want to squeeze the dollars out.