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FCC New Proposal Says: Charging for Internet is an Option

Has the idea of net neutrality gone with the wind? This question would be likely answered today. The Federal Commun...

FCC New Proposal Says: Charging for Internet is an Option

Has the idea of net neutrality gone with the wind? This question would be likely answered today. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) CEO, Mr.Wheeler, is putting forth a new proposal to the US Court which counteracts the idea and promise of net neutrality. Net neutrality suggests that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

 

The question on everyone’s mind today is whether the FCC will favour the giant Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T. The new rules would suggest that content providers such as Disney, Google, Amazon and Netflix would pay for special, faster lanes to broadcast their videos and other Internet content. They would also have to pay for a  disruption-free service with  higher quality, which doesn't sound that bad.

 

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What about those less fortunate and less wealthy companies? Will they have to fight with the big sharks? Could they even compete? As we all know, luck favors the rich today. "For technologists and entrepreneurs alike this is a worst-case scenario," said Eric Klinker, Chief Executive of BitTorrent Inc.” "Creating a fast lane for those that can afford it is by its very definition discrimination."

 

The FCC claims that they will still defend the proposal because they aren't breaking the rules for an open Internet. They also claim they will do evaluations to determine if some Internet service providers are fair or not when it comes to charging consumers.

 

What about the consumers in the long run? Would this new rule “force” Google and Netflix to charge consumers for content watching? So there goes the Internet being available to all.

 

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The drafted version of the new rules made by the FCC will also be reviewed by four other commissioners: the Republicans Ajit Pai and Michael O’Reilly, and the Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. Their opinions will be made public on May 15 when the proposal is released for comments from the public.

 

Some good news is that this proposal wouldn't affect the wireless carriers because they aren't governed by the net neutrality rules. Also, this provides an opportunity and an open door for companies like Apple, who is exploring the idea of  offering a video service that would rely on a dedicated portion of the broadband pipe.

 

In 2008 President Barack Obama promoted the net neutrality and it was a key part of his campaign platform. “If it goes forward, this capitulation will represent Washington at its worst,” said Todd O’Boyle, Program Director of Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative. “Americans were promised, and deserve, an Internet that is free of toll roads, fast lanes and censorship — corporate or governmental.”

 

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The FCC's CEO, Mr.Wheeler, during a hearing before lawmakers in 2013 said:

"Competition is a power unto itself that must be encouraged. Competitive markets produce better outcomes than regulated or uncompetitive markets."To find out what will happen, we can only wait and see.

 

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