The Federal Communications Commission just voted to proceed with a plan that would allow Internet service providers to charge Web companies an additional fee to guarantee quality delivery of their data to users. The above chart from Rewheel, a consulting firm in Finland that assesses competition in the technology sector on its site Digital Fuel Monitor, shows how this kind of change in the structure of the Internet might look to consumers in the near future. Rewheel’s example is for European mobile service instead of wired connections in the United States, but determining how to ensure fair access to the Internet for all users and all entrepreneurs, even those who might lack the funds to pay to reach potential customers, is a serious challenge everywhere. The details of plans that discriminate among senders and recipients of data can be different and highly technical, which is arguably all the more reason for regulators to maintain a firm commitment to the heretofore widely accepted principle of net neutrality.
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