Fast Lane means pay a higher fee or suffer:
Without net neutrality ISPs will have enormous incentives to keep regular customers hostage until they pay up higher fees to access the Internet; that is to say: pay a higher fee or suffer.
If a pay-to-play Internet becomes reality, most of us will be left behind while the money-cow moves to the more expensive plans and packages offered by ISPs. ISPs will start to
ISPs will find ways to make contents unreachable for all of us. Small companies will not be able to reach their targeted customers and users will not be able to reach the content providers UNLESS everyone pays up larger and larger fees. This is the natural evolution of this proposed pay-to-play plan. ISPs already started to do so with Netflix. They make unusable for the Netflix users so
This is particularly dangerous because then ISPs will become those who can easily kill competition, start-ups, and small companies by imposing extra fees to the extent that these companies become unprofitable. The society will be the ultimate victim who will have to pay the price.
The world is not the same with the Internet in it. Access to the Internet is like access to electricity, water, and gas. The Internet is not a luxury. The Internet is
Our future depends on the neutrality of the Internet and everyone’s equal access to it. Please don’t ruin the Internet. Please stop this pay-to-play insanity. This is a slippery slope and opens the gate to destroy the Internet as we know it. As soon as one exception is made, a deluge of other requests for exceptions as special treatments will follow. There is no way to legally protect net neutrality when the damage is done. Because the design of the proposed plan is fundamentally flawed. Please don’t destroy the little faith that is left
Here are my votes on the issue:
1- Reclassify the ISPs as common carriers. Reclassifying broadband as a regulated telecom service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
2- I vote AGAINST the creation of a fast-lane for ISPs. My suggestion for FCC is to ban such a thing altogether. Any ‘internet speed tiers’ is detrimental to net neutrality.
3- ISPs are regularly abusing their monopolies to impose harmful fees. Regulate them the same way any other utility provider is regulated: price-control (cellphone companies in Canada now are banned from charging their users outrageous fees. That is a good example for FCC to follow).