1. Houndentenor says

    I love Al for this. It’s a lost cause. Congress is bought and paid for and the President appointed an industry hack to the FCC basically insuring that all rulings would go their way. This is over. The internet as we know it is gone. Get ready to be redirected to the sites your ISP wants you to go to and slower speeds for more money. We’re already overpaying for not very much. It’s about to get a lot worse.

  2. Jay says

    Basically now you can’t just pay for faster internet as speeds will depend on what you and the service (website, app) are also paying. The fix is rather easy, the internet is a utility and deserves protection under the law. Write to your senators and demand the Internet be classified as a Title II Common Carrier.

  3. AnthonyR says

    This idea is really Terrifying. Corporations for profit have shaped the World around us in our day to day lives, it seems only logical that they would now shape the Internet World we also live in. It is very frustrating and angering. I hope that America would take a more innovative stance on this issue.

  4. Bill says

    It’s actually worse than people are imagining. Companies like Google aren’t going to set up “fast lane” agreements with every ISP in the world – that would be unmanageable – so (if they do it) they would just set the agreements up with the largest ones, a relatively small number. That would give those large ISPs an additional competitive advantage over the small ones, just the sort of thing anti-trust laws are intended to prevent.

    The phone companies in particular started with circuit switching, where you have to maintain state for each connection at switches (and of course charge someone for that). Doing that is expensive. The idea of net neutrality was originally a design principle for the internet, based on the idea of keeping the switches as simple as possible as a means of reducing communication costs. Gathering billing data based on the end points of a data stream is expensive, so if they can make this a standard practice, they can uniformly raise the costs for everyone and rake in even more money via a markup on a service nobody except the ISPs want.

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