Verizon Users may charge more for users using online gaming and streaming services like Netflix

Verizon have spoken about the possibility of increasing the cost of internet subscriptions for people who use online gaming and streaming services like Netflix to try to create a balanced internet. Apparently, by doing this they are trying to preserve net neutrality.

I like to keep swearing to a minimum on here but I’m willing to make and exception here and I will quote myself on what I said when I first heard about this

“Fuck you, you lying, greedy assholes!”

For those of you who don’t know net neutrality is a concept coined by Columbia media law professor,Tim Wu that internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the internet equally, not discriminating or charging differently by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication. So in what world is Verizon’s idea in the interest of net neutrality? It’s completely and 100% against the entire concept!

What’s more is the idea that net neutrality is actually already dead, if not it very soon will be. SaveTheInternet have this on their front campaign page

Bad news: Three judges just dealt a huge blow to the open Internet.

Their ruling means that companies like Verizon can now block or slow down any website, application or service they like. And they’ll be able to create tiered pricing structures with fast lanes for those who can afford the tolls — and slow lanes for everyone else.

I have two things to say at this point,

  1. America, land of the “free”, pfft, nobody is falling for that crap anymore!
  2. I seriously hope Angela Merkel (German Chancellor) and Francois Hollande (French President) are serious about making a European network that doesn’t route through USA.

Good luck, America!

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