Dylan Tweney looks at the consequences of regulatory mandates on net neutrality: if the ISPs can’t hit up content and bandwidth providers, they’ll hit up consumers.
It seems the most reasonable outcome: the consumer pays, the consumer gets. As the simplest and least obscure business model to run the tubes on, isn’t it worth rationalizing prices to guarantee open access? Tweney, however, points out that the additional bureacracy being layered atop the market could stifle innovation:
Net neutrality regulations make sense in closed, monopolistic situations. But outside of small, rural markets, most of the U.S. offers a high level of competitive choice. Don’t like Comcast cable internet? Switch to SpeakEasy, Astound or SBC, or look into satellite internet. Don’t care for AT&T’s spotty 3G wireless network? Try T-Mobile or Verizon. Need help finding an alternative? Check Broadband Reports’ interactive ISP finder.
That’s why the FCC should take a very cautious, careful approach to implementing its brave, new principles.
FCC Position May Spell the End of Unlimited Internet [Tweney Report]