Forget fast lanes. The real threat for net-neutrality is zero-rated content


The net-neutrality provisions adopted by the European Parliament earlier this month ruled that specialized services like “fast lanes” can’t be used by telcos to the detriment of the availability or quality of internet access services. On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans are less fortunate. The FCC said this week that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay internet service providers like Comcast(s CMCSK) and Verizon(s VZ) for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.

This is the price the U.S. pays for delegating such crucial policy decisions to an unelected ex-lobbyist rather than delegating to Congress. Meanwhile, the open internet isn’t safe yet in Europe: The Council hasn’t spoken and the devil is in the details.

What zero-rating is and why it matters

According to Digital Fuel Monitor data, eight incumbent telcos are sabotaging net neutrality…

View original post 545 more words