Is the recent weak regulatory scheme from the FCC an indication that information will be under increasing control of corporations and decreasing availability to consumers?
The debate about net neutrality has recently turned to a discussion of whether the FCC regulations will protect consumers from corporate discrimination as to broadband content delivery. The concern is they won’t.
What do people think about the issue? I’m solely asking about regulations regarding the potential splitting of the broadband pathways into a high premium speed and a lower general speed (right now, internet service providers (ISPs) don’t discriminate on that front noticeably – so consumers requesting streaming videos do not have to pay more for it than someone downloading documents mostly at peak times…or they don’t require premium charges for content service providers (CSPs) such as Netflix greater prices for requiring more priority service to deliver streaming content to it’s many customers).
My concern is that as the infrastructure of broadband is controlled by single or few ISPs so that without regulation, there is nothing to prevent any vertical integration such that those in control of the pathways could create their own CSPs to deliver content at what would be discount rates and therefore defeats competitive development.
That was a lot…let’s see what happens.