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Proposal:

All ISPs allow low-speed connection to ‘foreign’ hi-speed subscribers free of charge.

Case Study:

1/ Telstra Subscriber has a high-speed connection to their home in Australia. They travel beyond Australia and currently have ‘no’ access to high-speed services.

They could be offered reciprocal rights in other countries, or at least a low-speed connection that would allow basic connections.

2/ Telstra subscriber has a high-speed connection to their home/office in Australia. They travel to another Australian location and wish to tap into an Optus Connection without affecting that Optus Subscriber’s download limit.

They could be offered reciprocal rights by being able to ‘carry their subscription rights’ with them.

Method:

Without a full understanding of the logging and billing practices of ISPs only a general overview can be given, but a method is to:

1/ Log MAC Addresses that currently have high-speed subscription rights in one place and make those available to all other ISPs worldwide allowing varying levels of reciprocal rights. User names and passwords can complete the Security check.

2/ Have an open door policy to low-speed servers worldwide, allowing all access at the lowest level without security checks, elevating that user based on their Registered ISP and the agreed reciprocal rights.

Advantages:

USERS:

Registered paying users will have worldwide access to the web, and as reciprocal rights agreements open up, their usage speed or download limit (or both) will increase to the maximum that they have via their home agreement.

ISPs:

Goodwill to client base. Open channel for support. International standards and trade agreements, joint ventures and other business opportunities.

Similar Technology Usage

1/ Cable Television Subscribers have a Card Access system that identifies a subscriber and their plan when inserted in the Cable Decoder. This card can (theoretically) be taken to any other Cable Decoder to allow the user the same privileges.

2/ Mobile phone subscribers can agree to ‘International Roaming’ agreements, and will then be able to use ‘foreign’ systems to maintain their available telephone number worldwide. (This is a standing reciprocal agreement that allows international charging through foreign Mobile Providers.

3/ Electricity consumption can also be ‘Card or Password driven’. This could mean that an electricity subscriber could hire premises in another location, and by use of an access card and password, have the power billed directly to their base account.

Backstory:

Infrastructure exists and can be better utilized if more subscribers have greater access. Tapping available infrastructure, with separate billing entities, is already practiced in Australia where ‘all’ landline infrastructure is owned by one company, and competing companies sell access to that infrastructure. (e.g. Optus landline calls travel on Telstra lines and exchanges, wholesale billing to Optus, and Retail billing from Optus to consumer.)

Thoughts:

Multiple Mobile Cell towers exist, often side by side, run by competing companies. Surely, a single tower with greater capacity could be used, in a similar way to the single landline connects multiple billing providers.

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