“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.”
— Kyle Drake, a software developer in Portland who has written code that some websites are using to slow down traffic if anyone from the Federal Communications Commission happens to visit. Drake is among the many protesters of a new plan the FCC voted to set in motion Thursday. If enacted, it would make more common different speeds of online access that depend on whether a content provider has paid a broadband company. In a blog post, Drake asks the FCC to pay $1,000 a year to get rid of the throttling.
Elsewhere, the reactions from Netflix and Amazon, which offer online video streaming to their customers, both use the “d” word: discrimination. They both decry what they call discriminatory deals with broadband providers. (Netflix, for example, has grudgingly signed such deals to ensure smooth streaming for its customers.) The Verge has rounded up other key reactions.
And the White House — remember, net neutrality was one of President Obama’s campaign promises, and advocacy groups have urged him to take action — says it’s “pleased to see that [the FCC chairman] is keeping all options on the table.” As we mentioned yesterday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal includes inviting public comment on questions such as whether “paid prioritization should be banned outright.” Our own Troy Wolverton writes: “It’s as if the agency is of two minds about the direction forward — that, or it doesn’t have the courage to fully embrace its own recommendations.”
Photo: FCC Commissioner Ajit Paj speaks as Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, center, and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, right, look on during their meeting May 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)