It looks like there’s some bad news coming out out the United States.
Headlines across the country are suggesting that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has announced new rules that could destroy the Open Internet. The rules will allow giant media conglomerates to buy faster access, leaving everyone else in the slow lane. If passed, these extreme proposals would mean there will be a “fast lane” for companies that can pay, and a “slow lane” for those who cannot.
The rules threaten to destroy the hallowed principle of Net Neutrality – one of the core founding principles of the Internet. As we’ve described elsewhere (see here or here), Net Neutrality basically means all Internet traffic should be treated equally, regardless of where it’s coming from.