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Internet Zones, a Costly Solution

This report was published in conjunction with SecDev

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In the fight for free internet access, economic factors are starting to outweigh political restrictions. Two-tier systems impact negatively on BBC’s services, as users must pay a significant cost to access BBC content. By way of example: In Kazakhstan, telecommunications carriers are building data centers and entering into the content hosting market. They use cut- rate pricing to attract content providers including Facebook-type social networks and file sharing sites. Users are charged a low flat rate for accessing this in-network content. By contrast, accessing out-of-network sites – such as Facebook, Google and the BBC – is charged by the kilobyte transferred, at a considerably higher cost.

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