Proprio mentre ieri parlavo di una presunta responsabilità degli ISP nella fruizione del download illegale, Cory Doctorow scriveva un bell’articolo sui provider ed il continuo consumo della banda che per quanto larga possa essere viene stretta dal crescente numero di utenti e dal tipo di utilizzo che ne fanno. Il rischio che in futuro nel mercato non avremo un nuovo Google è concreto:
If you don’t know whether your next click will cost you 10p or £2, you will become very conservative about your clicks. Just look at the old AOL, which charged by the minute for access, and saw that very few punters were willing to poke around the many offerings its partners had assembled on its platform. Rather, these people logged in for as short a period as possible and logged off when they were done, always hearing the clock ticking away in the background as they worked.
Between these three factors – reducing the perceived value of the net, reducing the ability of new entrants to disrupt incumbents, and penalizing those who explore new services on the net – we are at risk of scaring people away from the network, of giving competitive advantage to firms in better-regulated nations, of making it harder for people to use the net to weather disasters, to talk to their government and to each other.