It’s fun watching the back-and-forth of the Net Neutrality debate. The FCC, by edict, said that Internet service providers (ISPs) could not provide preferential treatment of certain types of Internet traffic over another type. The rationale behind it is that all packets (technical jargon for the bits that are being sent to your house) should be treated equal and the all-knowing FCC should step in to prevent this problem. I have still yet to see a prevalent problem of this, so I personally believe that Net Neutrality regulation is an excuse for a government to regulate the Internet.
The FCC regulations were challenged, and the FCC lost in court. Well, the FCC has done a 180 and now supports Internet “fast lanes”. The premise of the fast lanes are so that content providers could pay for prioritization over other traffic. In one article over the National Journal, they say “websites”, but it doesn’t take much reading in between the lines to surmise that they are looking at streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
Anyway, comments on the new proposed rules were supposed to close today, but the FCC was experiencing technical difficulties of handling the traffic (maybe they should invest in those fast lanes themselves) after receiving 670,000 comments by today. They have bumped that deadline to Friday at midnight, so feel free to voice your opinion for or against.