In a very uncharacteristically American move the United States has decided to impose new government-meddling regulations on the Internet. These new Net Neutrality regulations or “open Internet rules” from the FCC will go into effect on November 20, 2011 — so long as it isn’t derailed by the lawsuits in place from Verizon and MetroPCS.
Verizon and MetroPCS are both suing the government over the new Net Neutrality laws and feel that the government is over-stepping their bounds, especially for a government that built its reputation on a free-market economy.
The new open Internet rules being put in place, according to the FCC, are made to define and refine three main categories of the Internet: transparency, blockage, and discrimination.
A few years in the technology world have made me believe that there is no such thing as a ‘happy customer’. There may be a temporarily satisfied one, but never happy. And that is exactly what Verizon realized, which has made them charge an increased ‘regulatory fee’ for their outgoing customers. It may just be a paltry 3 cents, from $0.13 to $0.16, but that allows you to get out of the Verizon contract early and not pay the dreaded Early Termination Fee (ETF).
Verizon thinks that if you can’t lure them, at least give them a decent goodbye. And that tactic might just work. Customers who stick to Verizon do so for a reason, because time and again they have proven to have the best coverage and fastest 4G in the country. And still if you aren’t satisfied, there is an easy exit at 3 cents, provided you want to take it.