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Comment Re:Internet Axiom: The internet is slow (Score 1) 812

the current ISP model

So change the current ISP model. Analyze your traffic, and design three new subscription plans:
- Standard. Is slightly cheaper than you current standard plan, includes enough monthly bandwidth that 60% of your customers can use it with out hitting the limit. Grandma's connection.
- Pro. Slightly more expensive than Standard, higher limit, works for the next 30% or whatever of your clients. Basically everyone between grandma and hogs.
- Elite. Pays pr. gigabyte, minimum of X gb, with X set so high that it's always more expensive than Pro. Tells the hogs to f*** off or pay up. Offer a lower cost pr. GB at night or whenever you have excess capacity.

Silently accept a certain (high) temporary excess usage for the the standard and pro plans, so the grandkid leaving a bittorrent open on grannys computer doesn't get a huge bill. If traffic is consistently too high, send an e-mail or give them a call, and tell them to slow down, upgrade, or be billed for excess usage.

Media (Apple)

An iPod For Every Kid In Michigan 333

mikesd81 writes "Over at C|Net there is an article about Michigan spending $38 million to distribute an iPod to every kid, for learning purposes. From the article: 'On Thursday, House Democrats delivered a spending bill that includes the idea of putting $38 million worth of public funds toward outfitting every student with a digital music player.' The plan included measures to tax soda and satellite TV services to pay for it, among other things, to raise funds. If you recall, Duke University tried something like this with mixed results. How financially strained will Michigan residents feel about paying higher taxes to buy someone else's kid an iPod?"

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