Internet Fast Lane Explained

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A short presentation using the example of mafia protection money to explain internet fast lanes.

A short presentation using the example of mafia protection money to explain internet fast lanes.

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  • 1. Kevin Bondelli
  • 2. IMAGINE TWO BUSINESSES Company A and Company B are direct competitors, providing the same products. Customer C is equidistant from each business.
  • 3. THE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS ASK FOR $ The ISP, in the role of the Mafia, approaches each business asking for money in order for their customers to reach them via the fast lane. This is effectively the ISP asking for protection money.
  • 4. THE ISP DIVERTS THE PATH FOR THOSE THAT DON’T PAY Company A is a smaller business and can’t afford to pay. Company B is a large corporate business and can easily pay for an advantage.
  • 5. THE ISP DIVERTS THE PATH FOR THOSE THAT DON’T PAY The ISP has now created the same effect as putting a roadblock up between the customer and Company A. The Customer can still go to Company A, but it will take them twice as long compared to going to Company B.
  • 6. Even if the ISP is not throttling the connection to Company A, but only increasing the connection speed to Company B, the effect is the same. Though unlike mafia protection money, the companies aren’t pressed to pay just one organization, but each and every ISP that provides internet to their customers.
  • 7. An increasing number of products an services are delivered digitally. Livestreaming, video streams and downloads, music streams and downloads, video games, cloud storage, photo sharing, and software downloads would all be affected by allowing ISPs to sell fast lane advantage. Allowing such a policy would stifle innovation, increase the barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, and decrease competition for wealthy corporations.
  • 8. PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY Check out the following groups that fight to protect the internet: Save the Internet http://www.savetheinternet.com/ Demand Progress http://www.demandprogress.org/ Fight for the Future http://www.fightforthefuture.org/ Electronic Frontier Foundation https://www.eff.org/ Entertainment Consumers Association http://www.theeca.com/ kevinbondelli.com