EFF Call for sign-ons: ISPs, networking companies and engineers opposed to FCC privacy repeal

Mike Hammett nanog at ics-il.net
Wed Mar 29 01:13:39 UTC 2017

What about little ISPs? There are already monetization platforms out there that can be resold to small ISPs. The company sells the aggregate data upstream. Not that I would, but in a small ISP, that money makes a big difference. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 

Midwest Internet Exchange 

The Brothers WISP 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Mel Beckman" <mel at beckman.org> 
To: "Hugo Slabbert" <hugo at slabnet.com> 
Cc: nanog at nanog.org 
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:08:19 PM 
Subject: Re: EFF Call for sign-ons: ISPs, networking companies and engineers opposed to FCC privacy repeal 


That's a great find! I note in the article: 

"Not only is the price of the premier service (with ads) only $70 a month, but it comes with a waiver of equipment, installation, and activation fees. The standard service without ads is $99 a month..." 

So that's $29 a month to let AT&T track your Web browsing, but only for targeting ads. ATT promises "And we won’t sell your personal information to anyone, for any reason." 

I would guess that the ability to sell that data would be worth several times the $29/month, so it's conceivable that a provider could offer $10/mo Gig Internet in exchange for browsing history. 

But nobody does. 

Because they think they can steal it. 

I think this pretty well demonstrates the greed of the big-ISP executives who lobbied for today's legislative atrocity, which lets them rob customers of browsing history that even AT&T execs acknowledge users own. 

-mel beckman 

On Mar 28, 2017, at 5:56 PM, Hugo Slabbert <hugo at slabnet.com<mailto:hugo at slabnet.com>> wrote: 

Now, if ISPs want to PURCHASE browser data from customers directly, I'm 
sure they'll get some takers. But that strategy has never appeared in 
any business plan I've seen. 

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/att-offers-gigabit-internet-discount-in-exchange-for-your-web-history/ ? 
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