Google and Verizon Near Deal on Pay Tiers for Web

This article is so misleading it’s dangerous.  The writer asserts the deal could allow Verizon to charge content creators more if Verizon can increase the speed of that content.  The writer calls this a privilege.  It isn’t a privilege, it’s a service a content provider can buy.

The writer and his ilk are enamored with Net Neutrality, which seeks to impose a one-size-fits-all pay scheme on different content.  It doesn’t make sense because Internet content consumes different amounts of bandwidth.  Looking at a plain text page consumes less than a streaming video, for example.  Presently, consumers of streaming video are being subsidized by consumers of plain text.

We’re probably nearing limits to how much content can fit through a “pipe” and so to ensure customers getting quality service, both content providers and service providers need to make more investments.  Tiered pay services enable that.  Pay tiers will ensure investment is made in the Internet and it’s use expands.

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