Two Democrats made a proposal Tuesday that would require the Federal Communications Commission to ban paid prioritization, a term used to describe potential deals between internet service providers and large content producers to pay for preferential access to network channels.
“Americans are speaking loud and clear, They want an Internet that is a platform for free expression and innovation, where the best ideas and services can reach consumers based on merit rather than based on a financial relationship with a broadband provider.”
The potential downside to this is everyone else who doesn’t pay the premium may have a bugged-down or unreliable service in favor of ISPs focusing on the premium users. This in turn could hurt rival companies who don’t pay the premiums from staying competitive.
The giants of the technology industry such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, among others pour all their efforts to lobby for the protection of the open Internet.
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