A presentation slide illustrates why telecom industry’s plan to scrap Net Neutrality to increase profits will hurt consumers.
It doesn’t get any clearer than this:
Feel sorry for that poor guy hammering away on that tablet above? He’s getting charged a separate additional fee for each different web service he’s using. Additionally, each different service coming over the air is being throttled according to the rules the telecoms set up. Notice that Vodafone’s services don’t get throttled, while Google’s (GOOG) YouTube and Facebook data are not only charged additionally, but slowed.
This is called “paid prioritization” of data on wireless networks and is at the heart of what the FCC will rule on tomorrow.
“It is likely that there is going to be strong language disfavoring paid prioritization,” said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, senior vice president and policy director of the Media Access Project.
The slide above is part of a presentation that Allot, a carrier infrastructure services company who counts AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) amongst its customers. As part of the presentation, Allot says that these sort of services are already being implemented in “Net Neutrality affected parts of North America.”
Wired’s Epicenter got their hands on the presentation:
Google, in a surprising change in policy, backed Verizon’s ‘view of Net Neutrality‘ for Wireless carriers earlier this year. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said,