The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of advancing a proposal that would allow for broadband providers to charge additional amounts towards companies that wish to be given access at faster speeds.
“The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service provider such as Verizon would charge a Web site such as Netflix for the guarantee of flawless video streaming.Smaller companies that can’t afford to pay for faster delivery would likely face additional obstacles against bigger rivals. And consumers could see a trickle-down effect of higher prices as Web sites try to pass along new costs of doing business with Internet service providers.” – Washington Post
As the Washington Post notes, the proposal is not a final rule. The next phase will be four months of public comments, after which the commissioners will vote again on redrafted rules that are meant to take into account public opinion.