billcale - 9:00 am on Jun 13, 2006 (gmt 0)
These companies can't tell the difference between a HTML file and a video file. So they would just say if you are over 10 megs a month you get moved to the slow lane automatically unless you pay up.
As I understand it, the anti-forces want an Internet where they CAN tell the difference between an HTML file and a video file or any other high bandwidth file. Once tagged as such, the website sending these files must pay the toll or then risk having its bitstream slowed. This seems to answer the first question:
I think hosting providers have peering agreements with other ISP's and they set the price per MB. If USA Carriers raise prices then prices go up worldwide?
Why wouldn't prices go up worldwide? Once data enters the pipes of USA companies it will be examined, determined to be high bandwidth or not and charged accordingly or slowed down. Those wishing to have access to the high speed lanes in the USA for their websites will be charged the toll - whether their servers are on USA soil or not. USA telcos/cable companies will set the tiered pricing of transferring data from one domestic telco/cable network to another and those wishing to use USA pipes (read: access the USA market) can make their own choices.