"Imagine an Internet that would allow the wealthy to pay Internet service providers (ISPs) to allow for much faster access to their sites. It would mean less incentive for folks to visit smaller sites - so that all of a sudden, we could face an Internet in which some of your favorite sites (the ones that weren't paying premiums) loaded extremely slowly, or not at all. Imagine an Internet that would allow a corporation to make exclusive arrangements with an ISP, so that only that corporation could offer a particular product or service. For example: Let's say you run an online printing business, but AT&T has an exclusive deal with FedEx. If that's the case, then no one on AT&T's network would be able to use your service. Equally frightening, under such a scenario, ISPs could start blocking or censoring online content that criticizes the ISP or its business allies.
The upshot of it all? Communities across the country would be priced out of certain content - content that could affect an individual's ability to get an education, a job, or learn about political issues.
What's keeping this nightmare from becoming real? Net neutrality. Without net neutrality, that's the kind of Internet that would evolve." -"Tomorrow's Internet May Be Bad News for People of Color" by Anna Hirsch of the Race in America blog here on change.org
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