Re: Postal Service
Exactly! The argumet he is making is that the content providers are somehow the customers of the ISPs and that's not correct! We are already paying through the nose to get high speed access to the internet. What they want to do is make us pay for high speed access to their, practically worthless (by itself) network and then for the people on the other end to have to pay for high speed access so we can connect to them. That, quite frankly, is BS.
IF my ISP wants to cut my service charges to a quater of what I'm paying now or wants to offer my end for free, I'm all ears about what they're doing but I as the paying customer locked into a near monopoly ISP in my area should be able to get the full speed access that I'm paying for for EVERY site passing through the ISPs systems. If they aren't offering the full bandwith I'm paying for to all of the content i'm requesting, they're screwing me as their direct paying customer over which is the whole issue with fast lanes...
The ONLY way I see this as being a legitimate offer is that if I'm paying for 5mbs and someone like Netflix or Google wants to pay more so that their streams can come through at a rate higher than I'm paying for - maybe guaranteed 10mbs, for instance.
Since it's mostly cable providers, I'll provide another anology that make more sense. Right now, cable companies like Comcast pay network TV provders as well as cable channel providers to send their singals to me. What you are proposing would be the equvelant of them charging ESPN as well as me to get that ESPN content. Maybe that business model would work out for ESPN if they had 100% control over selling and profiting from all advertising on their channel but I doubt it... Now when you consider that I pay almost as much for internet access as standard cable and for all practical intents and purposes, the internet service they are providing me function mustly as dumb pipes, I see no reason they should be getting a bigger slice of anything.