November 29, 2012

How Text Messages Prove the Free Market Has Failed

Rick Falkvinge,

AP Photo

The telco industry charges more, kilobyte by kilobyte, for sending a text message from your phone to next door than what it costs to send the same message from Mars to Earth. This is the apex in this series of the dysfunctional telecom market, giving a background to why the telecom industry wants control of the Internet so badly, and is using every conceivable resource to stall, prevent, and delay its resulting economic development.

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TAGGED: telecommunications, internet, text messages


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