The FCC has decided 3:2 to push a new net neutrality proposal, which would allow for an Internet “Fast Lane”. What this really means is that Internet Service Providers would be allowed to create a fast lane for service providers such as Netflix to pay for faster access through their network.
By definition, this is not net neutrality; the idea behind net neutrality is that ALL traffic gets the same Internet speed. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s idea of net neutrality states that current speeds can not be actively slowed but a faster “lane” would be created for services such as Netflix, Hulu & Youtube that pay ISP’s a fee so their customers can experience their service at the highest quality.
This new proposal will lead to abuse by the ISP’s, many of whom are “content” providers, so their agenda would be to slow down external streaming media services like Netflix while pushing their own content through the newly created fast lane. We’re already paying way too much for high speed Internet here in the US and now we’re more than likely not going to receive the stated speed we pay for because our favourite service refuses to stump up the fee demanded to access the “fast lane”.
To show the level of corruption going on; Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC was formerly a lobbyist for the cable industry; wouldn’t you think that was a conflict of interest? I definitely would! Additionally president Obama used net neutrality as one of the key points of his election manifesto, but yet installed Wheeler as FCC chairman despite his previous cable lobbyist activities.
The winners are companies like Comcast, Verizon & AT&T who will make more money either from demanding fees from content providers such as Netflix and YouTube or raising the already extortionate prices for the consumer. Either way the consumer loses out; Netflix is already raising prices because they have to pay Verizon a fee to access the “fast lane” for best customer experience.
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