NBN Co has announced that they’re considering charging us more for video streaming. They’ve also kept negotiations confidential, which, as a taxpayer-funded network, they certainly cannot do.
As you read this, the minds of NBN Co is looking to implement a new pricing (and speed) category for those who use their internet for video streaming, which is to say, all of us.
What’s more, they’ve already submitted their proposals to the top 50 internet service providers that use their connection.
“Would your organisation support the development of a price response whereby charging of streaming video could be differentiated from the charging of other traffic/services? Would your organisation be likely to productise such a mechanism if developed by NBN?” the question in NBN Co’s new wholesale pricing review states.
According to iTnews “…the proposal is already being met with alarm from many providers and industry insiders approached by over the past week.”
Here’s the extra kicker in the connection box, as the media is fuzzy on the details, as NBN Co has decided to keep the process confidential. CommsDay first reported the news, which provoked this comment in response: “We are engaging with the industry in a confidential consultation process and will not be commenting,” an NBN Co spokesperson said.
This represents a problem, as NBN Co is not a private entity, it’s a public network paid for with taxpayer funds.
Internet Australia chair Paul Brooks stated to iTnews that “…we should all have visibility for what they’re proposing. They should immediately make the consultation paper public, and allow customers and the rest of the industry who are not directly-connected to comment on the proposal.”
More to that point, both Telstra and Optus have recently complained that NBN Co is ignoring their feedback on the network, and insisting on making network-wide decisions behind closed doors.
It wasn’t enough that our white elephant was slow, expensive and an international embarrassment, it’s now trying to fleece us too.