The Federal Communications Commission said it will propose rules on Thursday that could give Internet providers more power on what content moves the fastest on the Web … based on who is paying the most.
This is how your daily life of basic web-surfer could become (this is purely hypothetical but not science-fiction):
Your name is Bryan, you spend at least 3 hours a day on Internet but you didn’t understand what net neutrality means and so didn’t pay attention on the recent changes. You are living in New York, taking the subway to go to work every morning and want to read news on NY1 on your brand new 4G LTE smartphone. Unfortunately, you need one minutes to load every article! Why that? You don’t understand. You tried another one but it is still very long. You finally decide to go to Yahoo News that was able to sign a big check to your cellphone service provider and thus to have the priority between 6 am and 8 am.
Then, during the lunch break, you decide to listen to music on a streaming website, let say Spotify. Unfortunately, since everybody is doing like you, your favorite streaming service was not able to bid high enough compared to its competitors so you need to wait 2 minutes between each song. And sometimes it’s stopped during one song! You have to change your streaming service provider and make all your playlists again.
At the end of the day, you want to watch a video that is related to your job on Dailymotion. Unfortunately, Daylimotion didn’t pay your company broadband provider so you can’t use HD and the loading is very long. So you will watch it at home since your own service provider is working with Dailymotion.
On your way to go home, you decide to stop at your cellphone service provider. You want to read news of NY1 and watch video on Dailymotion. Unfortunately, you can’t do it, your provider is working with Youtube. You want to change so to another one, but you will loose access to your favorite streaming website. You are desperately looking for one which has the bundle NY1, Dailymotion and Spotify!!
Now you understand what net neutrality means and you are still looking for this provider that might never exist!