US Supreme Court Backs Big Business…Again

April 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

The small handful of Internet Service Providers who handle the majority of American Internet traffic will not be subject to the FCC’s Net Neutrality regulations.  The big providers can now become gatekeepers of Web content. This is akin to a phone company determining which calls can be made on its network, or what type of call quality you’ll get.  The ISP could slow down certain traffic as to render it unusable. 

In other words, want to visit the site of one of their affiliates and all is great.  Want to visit their competition and speed/quality could drop.  Want to use Comcast’s VoIP service and quality is high.  Want to use Vonage or another competitor, and quality will drop to “encourage” you to switch to their service.  Traffic to smaller / less-established (less well-funded) sites and applications could be sent to the slow lane. 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36193558/ns/technology_and_science-security

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