WASHINGTON, DC – Could this be our future? Get online, go to YouTube and pay a toll?
It doesn’t happen now because of net neutrality; the theory that all sites are equally valuable.
But enter the FCC, who has now advanced a proposal that would allow internet service providers to charge companies like Amazon, Netflix and anyone else that relies on high speed internet to deliver content, for ‘prioritized access’ to customers.
And those companies will just eat that cost out of their profits right? Not likely.
They’ll pass it on to you. Those ‘for it’ justify the idea saying it’s creating a ‘fast lane’ for consumers to get even better speed for content they already get.
Opponents say ‘Nuh-uh’ this creates ‘slow lanes’ because it develops a class system on internet where the ‘have’s’ get more access to information than the ‘have nots.’
Gamers, and businesses that use cloud storage are also vulnerable to the need for speed. But it`s not a done deal yet. The FCC now opens the proposal to public comment for 120 days.
Where can you do that? On the FCC.gov website; which doesn’t have to pay more for access to it’s consumers — yet.