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 Post subject: The FCC Is at It Again
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:58 am 
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This may be old news for some of you, but The FCC has unveiled a new plan that would allow companies to pay ISPs to stream their content quicker:
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The new rules would allow companies like Netflix to pay Internet providers to stream their videos and other content more quickly. That could create two lanes on the Internet, fast super-highways that big tech companies can afford and a bumpy backroad where less fortunate websites dwell, consumer advocates say. [...] The FCC said these deals would still be fair because Internet providers would be required to reveal how they handle traffic, how much they charge companies for access to fast lanes, and whether they’ve given preferential treatment to their own content.

However, the costs of paying for higher streaming could potentially be passed to us, the consumers, create an uneven playing field for companies who cannot afford it, cause ISPs to pick and choose the "winners" and "losers" and essentially destroy the free market of the internet as we know it. I know, slippery slope, but seeing the outright corruption of the U.S. government recently, I'd rather not take chances.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:22 am 
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Video providers could already do this by leasing colo space in an ISP's data center.


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