Oh boy is this crazy. The FCC’s spokesman Tom Wheeler spoke to the world about a week ago on a proposed Internet Fast Lane they will be offering. This would effectively make two kinds of connections: The ‘normal’ internet access and the faster internet access. Unfortunately, because the FCC has no plans of building more servers and laying more cables, this means that instead of an extra fast lane for the internet, we would be seeing our ‘normal’ lane simply being labelled the fast lane, and others getting stuck with a lesser, throttled internet connection.
The fallout has been glorious…
This is a smack in the face to the concept of Net Neutrality and this hasn’t gone unnoticed. There have been many attempts to limit or control the internet, all coming with different labels or strategies, but all have been revealed for what they were. In response to the proposed Fast Lane, the FCC’s headquarters in Washington will see a big protest on their doorstep, and the web host that runs the FCC’s web sites and browsing needs (Neocities) have throttled the FCC’s connection to a paltry 28.8Kbps.
Neocities creator, Kyle Drake, winner of the ‘Coolest Last Name’ Three years running, had this to say to the FCC about their own bandwidth getting throttled,
“If it bothers you that I’m doing this, I want to point out that everyone is going to be doing crap like this after the FCC rips apart Net Neutrality,” he wrote. “It’s time for the Web to organize and stand up against these thugs before they ruin everything that the Web stands for.”