Nine days left to help save net neutrality

Recent moves by the Federal Communications Commission suggest that Internet service providers will be allowed to charge extra for higher connection speeds. Not to customers — they are already paying extra for faster broadband. But to content companies, like Netflix.

Read more about the topic in this essay by Free Press head Craig Aaron.

Small virtual reality and virtual world companies will be hit the hardest by this. Virtual environments require more bandwidth than most other Web applications. And they might not have the resources, financial or otherwise, to negotiate better access with the likes of Comcast and other cable companies.

FCC commissioners. (Image courtesy FCC.)

FCC commissioners. (Image courtesy FCC.)

The solution is that the FCC needs to declare that Internet service companies are, in effect, utilities, and must provide fair access to everybody.

You have until May 15 to act. Sign this petition. Contact the FCC and your elected representatives.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Frank Corsi

    If you research you will find the FCC is run by ex cable lawyers and executives, they want this as much as the cable companies do. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/05/fcc_chairman_tom_wheeler_s_lame_excuses_for_his_net_neutrality_proposal.html

    • Yeah, the guy who heads up the FCC used to be a big cable honcho. And will be again, once his term is over. It’s the revolving door — and that’s another thing we need to address with our elected representatives.

  • I agree that access should be free – it has powered many new services and offerings. But I also see the other side with real costs to create the infrastructure. And then I see a third side – VWs take a lot of bandwidth, so that isn’t fair either.

    no easy answer but certainly the web will change and the liitel guy will get the old and slow stuff =(

    • Companies are ALREADY paying to for the bandwidth they need to put their stuff on the Web. This website, for example, costs me around $100 a year.

      And customers are ALREADY paying for their bandwidth, as well.

      What’s at stake here is that cable companies want to collect a THIRD payment, to allow some content to get to the head of the line. It’s as if… as if your phone company let telemarketers’ calls go through first because the telemarketers paid them off.

      And it’s not that cable companies losing money here! They typically have monopoly situations and are raking in the dough hand over fist.

      What we need is more competition in the Internet services space. AND net neutrality!

      • wolftimber

        “This website, for example, costs me around $100 a year.”

        $100 a year? that’s like about $8.33 a month, you can’t even get a daily newspaper that cheap!