Want to see broadband’s future? Check out the airline industry

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A New Yorker explainer on why the airlines want to make you suffer has been making the social media rounds. It’s an excellent case study in how the airlines have created a miserable experience for passengers so they can build a profitable business based on charging fees for bags, early boarding and better seats. It’s also just like the playbook big broadband companies are using as they make efforts to charge both consumers and the content companies for access to their pipes.

The parallels between the airlines and the goals and arguments of the broadband industry are too similar. For example, from the New Yorker piece we have this section:

[blockquote person=”” attribution=””]The airlines, and some economists, argue that the rise of the fee model is good for travellers. You only pay for what you want, and you can therefore save money if you, for instance, don’t mind sitting…

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About HalGood

Accomplished business professional with over 30 years experience in public and private procurement and public-private partnerships. Portfolio of complex projects for major university hospital, airport, convention center, and city & county government agencies. Member: California Earthquake Early Warning System (CEEWS) Management Committee. Inducted into the CPO Rising Procurement Hall of Fame, Harvard Club, Boston MA - 2016

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