Net neutrality took a punch to the gut this past week when a federal appeals court in Washington struck down the Federal Communication Commission's rules related to how broadband providers manage network traffic. The rules notably prevented providers from discriminating against certain types of traffic. For example, the rules would keep a provider from throttling Netflix speeds in order to promote its own competing streaming video service.
This could potentially create a bit of a Wild West feel on the Internet, with providers charging access fees or priority fees to insure companies like Netflix or Amazon can reach their customers seamlessly. There are a lot of "ifs" here, but mostly we'll have to wait and see what the broadband providers choose to do with their new-found power.… Read more