Something happened this week that could lead to a fundamental change in our ability to get information we want, anytime, online.
On Monday, a giant telecom company and a monster Internet company joined forces to release the Verizon-Google legislative framework proposal. The document describes how these two companies think the Internet should work in the future. At the core of the proposal is the creation of a two-tiered Internet. And the tier that costs more gets better service.
It won’t be consumers paying up. It will be those with deep pockets, like Fox News, NBC Universal, Amazon — companies that can pay to have their content more prominently placed, and presented at a higher quality.
All week long, business and tech blogs have exploded with debate about whether the proposal is a pact for good or for evil. At the heart of it is the big battle over “net neutrality,” which has a lot of subtleties. To help us understand this all a little better is Need to Know contributor Rick Karr.