The idea of “Net Neutrality” does not allow for a “Fast Lane”

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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2 thoughts on “The idea of “Net Neutrality” does not allow for a “Fast Lane”

  • I don’t know how much verbal lassitude is given on those gov’t forms, but I just handed a ton off on the FCC for misrepresenting us in yesterday’s vote…I almost expect gov’t agents to show up in the night, or possibly get the NSA on my ass for all I said.

    I hope they get continual earfuls until they stop their conniving, short-sighted, deceitful B.S. and quit co-authoring bills (with the communications corporations they’re obviously in bed with); but in all likelihood, knowing U.S. bureaucracies’ tendencies to white-wash, manipulate the media, and drag things out hoping we’ll tire out over their indiscretions, the only thing that’ll end this recent handing over of our collective network concerns to large media conglomerates (TWC/Comcast) will be the American citizenry getting together and effectively stripping the FCC’s rights to vote on issues with so much weight to bear on our wallets…possibly even disbanding them in favor of another type of collective federally-recognized consumer communications network.

    I was motivated to look even harder into this tonight after my own media streaming slowed to a frikking crawl over the last 24 hours already…Youtube won’t even play an entire 4 min. music video, on XBox Live, PC Web browsers, my (quad-core) Android Smartphone app, and my blu-ray player–all devices have played any video I wanted without hassle ’til just today.

    Also, my XBox 360 gaming connections slowed already last night, and I expect from now on…from the highest speeds, to half that…

    Now we see how quickly our gov’t works when its doing things in its OWN interests…and not ours.

    ‘Very effective’, much like a rabid dog.

  • I’m sorry to hear of your connection issues; but I would suspect that it’s related to issues with your specific ISP or even your connection, I would advise that you contact your ISP. I have experienced zero speed decrease since the FCC voted to push the bill forward for public consultation. No ISP should be using any sort of traffic shaping until the bill becomes law which if successful will be months away. The FCC can not enact a ruling that quickly!

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