Well this isn’t exactly a shocker, but it was articulated quite well by Kickstarter’s CEO Yancey Strickler. In short, the new rules would allows deep pockets to control the speed and availability of content on the net. In my book this amounts to unfair competition and I don’t think I’m alone in this belief.
Yancey wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he explains why any plan that lets ISPs charge more in exchange for traffic prioritization should be a nonstarter: “We didn’t have to worry about whether our site’s content would be slower than a competitor that had some kind of exclusive ‘fast lane’ deal,” Strickler writes. “Such roadblocks would have created enormous logistical and financial hurdles — ones so big they might have shut us down before we got started. But that’s the world that start-ups will be born into if the FCC moves forward with its proposed rules allowing paid prioritization.”
So here’s how things will play out – new companies will have to factor in fast lane costs and the expense of some other element of their business or go broke trying to compete for exposure to clients who get impatient or cannot access their content. Sound fair!?