Saturday, April 27, 2013

Speed ??brake Telecom: John Doe pays for the "heavy users" - FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The German Telekom defends himself against criticism of the proposed data-limits in the fixed network. “We find that a fairer solution,” said Telekom spokesman Philipp Blank radio in Germany. “The fact is with us: Three percent of customers account for over 30 percent of the volume of data. This means for the customer, Jane Smith previously subsidized the “heavy users”. “

Blank referred to justify also tackle billion investment in broadband networks. Net neutrality is not endangered. “The German Telekom is the free and open Internet.”

Telekom announced this week caps on the monthly data traffic in the area of ??fixed flat rates on Monday. The plan is to reduce the speed limits should not be exceeded. The decelerator will only take effect from 2016 to the present concept though. You could, for example regarding clients who download a lot of movies on the net. Who wants to transmit more data than intended
in its tariff, should be able to buy additional packages.

plans at the Telekom were many customers and has been sharply criticized in politics. German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler (FDP) warned in a letter to Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann from possible restrictions for flat rate customers. Even consumers Minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) criticized the Telecom: The limit of flat rates is not consumer-friendly. The Telekom was “on the line – otherwise they would realize that their new business model, a classical non-starter threatens to become,” she told the Bild newspaper: “If it turns out that the telecom exploits its dominant position, the Cartel must intervene. If the new rates represent a threat to net neutrality, the Federal Network Agency must be active, “urged the CSU politician.

EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, meanwhile, defends from: The proposed restriction on flat rates was not the case for the European Commission. Much more then the customers should “vote with their feet,” she told the “Bild” newspaper: “If a company wants to push through higher prices for higher volumes of data, this is normal.” The EU will therefore not respond, the client could do that.

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DT wants to restrict the surfing speed with new flat-rate contracts, if the customer exceeds a certain volume of data. The group defends himself: “Three percent of customers account for over 30 percent of the volume of data”


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