Google and Verizon are in talks, and may be near agreement, on “paid prioritization.” That is, giving certain content providers access to faster delivery speeds in return for fees paid to Internet service providers. The fees would be paid by companies like YouTube, which move large quantities of data, and would most likely be passed along, ultimately, to Internet users. An agreement would be contrary to the concept of “net neutrality,” the guiding tenet of Internet policy, up to now, which does not allow for favoritism of one form of content over another. The recents developments were made possible only by a recent court decision that determined that the FCC does not have the power to regulate Internet Service.
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