So the FCC formally passed “net neutrality” rules today, and it looks like things are going to get worse for Internet users. I made a comment on CNN’s page about this (http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/12/21/fcc.net.neutrality/index.html), but wanted to post it elsewhere, just in case they decide not to approve my posting
In response to this post:
From the article:
“…the rules won’t absolutely prevent broadband providers from “pay for priority” — giving faster service to those able to pay for it, or to one favored business over another…”
This has been widely discussed for months as something that providers are considering doing. Since the FCC has now formally stepped up and NOT said “No, you can’t do that”, you should expect exactly such a thing to happen in the near future, as they try to squeeze even more money out of customers.
Comcast, for example, will charge you more for Hulu, Pandora, and Netflix traffic, and offer it to you at lower speeds, while offering their own services at a non-limited rate.* (They already did this to me when I used Vonage as a phone service, instead of the VOIP service they provided. When I picked up the phone, my bandwidth dropped to dialup speeds.)