Think you hate your wireless carrier and all their extra little fees now? Well just wait. What you’re looking at above is a slide from a marketing seminar put on by two companies that have clients such as AT&T, Verizon and Vodafone. What the above slide suggests is charging a different rate for “premium” services such as Facebook, YouTube, skype and who knows what else. Apparently, Openet and Allot Communications have developed a tool that can scan even encrypted data packets. This will allow them to determine exactly what service you’re using and charge you accordingly. Scary stuff huh? Just read this quote from the seminar:
We use a number of different methods to accurately identify the application — methods like heuristic analysis, behavioral and historical analysis, deep packet inspection, and a number of other techniques. What’s key is that we have the best application identification available on the market, which means that even applications that are encrypted or use other methods to evade detection will be correctly identified and classified… We essentially feed this real-time information about traffic and application usage into the policy and charging system. Each subscriber has a particular service plan that they sign up for, and they’re as generic or as personalized as the operator wants.
Unfortunately, due to pressure from Verizon and AT&T, the FCC will exempt wireless internet service from major parts of the net neutrality regulations, so this could actually happen.
Not that I even have to ask, but let’s hear your thoughts on this in the comments.
Hit up the engadget link to listen to the entire seminar.