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Will you someday pay per minute to use the Internet?

Remember the old Urban Legend stating that:

  • Congress is going to impose a 5¢ surcharge on every piece of e-mail sent.
  • The Federal Communications Commission is going to impose a per-minute     access fee on Internet connections (or allow phone companies to do so).
  • Congress is going to allow state sales taxes to be levied on goods purchased via the Internet.

Of course this turned out to be fiction as seen below:

However your “Friendly Neighborhood Phone Company” “Ma Bell” otherwise known as SBC and now AT&T is up to something far more disturbing.

In a recent interview, SBC Communications Inc. (now known as AT&T) Chairman Edward E. Whitacre Jr. told Business Week that Internet firms such as Google, Microsoft Corp.'s MSN and online phone service Vonage, were dependent on SBC's lines -- or "pipes" -- for their success in reaching consumers.

He went on to say: "Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using…Why should they be allowed to use my pipes? The Internet can't be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes free is nuts" he said, according to Business Week Online's edited excerpts of the interview.

In a separate statement, FCC Chief Kevin Martin recently gave his support to AT&T and other telcos who want to be able to limit bandwidth to sites like Google, unless those sites pay extortion fees. Martin made it clear in a speech recently that he supports such a "tiered" Internet. http://www.networkingpipeline.com/blog/archives/2006/03/fcc_chief_att_c.html

The implications are numerous.

If you follow this to it’s logical conclusion there will be a day soon where there will be two Internets. One will allow free access to sites and the other will have a per-minute, per-hour or per-click fees to support the greed of the phone companies.

This cartoon about sums it up!

More next month on the far reaching ramifications to all consumers of AT&T’s reuniting.


Timothy J. Kilkenny
Founder & CEO

DSL Speed with a Dial-up Connection!

A catchy claim, admittedly. Well, don’t get too excited when you see these types of claims in e-mails, web pages, or the latest software that your aunt Pearl’s nephew’s cousin (the computer whiz) says he has come up with. There is help in speeding up your web-surfing experience, but the fact of the matter is that no matter what a person does to their computer or what software they buy or sign up for, there is only so much that can go across a phone line. I love my 4-cylinder car and it serves me well. But I cannot pour anything into the tank or add a special gadget to the engine to make it go 120 mph in the first second.

In this age of high speed connections it seems that there are tons of products and services claiming to speed up your connection, usually at a price. In fact, due to questions over the past month or so, I decided to do a little research. When I used a popular search engine to look at various accelerators I was overwhelmed with no less than 68,100 sites, references, and downloads (for small fees). No wonder people’s eyes glaze over (much like mine when a mechanic is trying to explain how to fix the ‘knock-ping’ noise coming from under the hood of a vehicle I barely know how to drive)!

Don’t panic. FullNet provides a free web accelerator for its members. We have affectionately named it FullSpeed. And if you are curious about it just click on What is FullSpeed? It will make surfing the web about 2 – 5 times faster on a dial up connection, but it is not speeding up your modem or the phone lines. It is speeding up how fast pages are loaded and displayed on your screen by compressing certain data.

I hate it when mechanics explain details to me that I don’t fully understand (is it apparent that I am NOT mechanically inclined?), so I won’t go into a coma-inducing dissertation on how an accelerator works. If you are interested in a brief explanation click on How does it work? Suffice it to say that it compresses lots of data or graphics into much smaller packages so a lot more of it can be pushed across your phone line at one time and then expanded once it gets there.

I loathe making a decision or purchase only to find out later that there was a better or cheaper deal somewhere else. So, FullNet has done the leg work for you and already provides the best product we can offer. Best of all, it’s free! Don’t take my word for it … click on Is it really free?

And I absolutely cannot tolerate having to spend hours trying to figure out bizarre settings in some software fix that was supposed to make my life easier. This is especially aggravating if I have already spent an hour downloading the program over my dial-up connection. (Yes folks, I live out in a VERY rural area where the phone-and the dirt roads- goes on the fritz every time it rains! I do use dial-up) So FullNet has made even that an easy and painless task.

Using a 4-yr old computer with Windows 98 and a 56k generic modem (nothing fancy) I went to www.fullnet.net, clicked on the far right tab labeled FullZone and clicked on FullSpeed. From there I clicked Download Now! and it took under 4 minutes for the software to install. Everything is pretty much automatic. You will have to provide your name, your username, e-mail address and password (the one you already have on your account) The program installs itself, the settings are already done, and a lightning bolt appears on the bottom right corner of my screen to let me know it is running.

If that’s not quick, easy, and painless enough – don’t hesitate to call customer service anytime day or night. There are people here to help you 24 hrs a day. Even the call is toll free. 1-877-385-5832.

P.S. I do notice a difference loading pages on my dial up connection at home, but I haven’t got a stop watch to see if it’s 2 or 5 times faster. I just know it is faster and I love it. And as if it's not good enough now, stay tuned: there's a major upgrade coming soon!

John A. Secondi

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