Maybe if it keeps going this way we can get free internet sponsored by adds...
So has everyone who called this a “fast lane” proposal gotten the story wrong? Not exactly.
As Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said during today's meeting, there are no rules at all against Internet service providers blocking traffic or prioritizing some content over others. That’s because a federal appeals court this year overturned the FCC’s previous net neutrality order, issued in 2010.
While the FCC’s latest proposal doesn’t specifically authorize fast lanes, it didn’t have to: they’re already legal. ISPs can charge Web services like Netflix (“edge providers” in regulatory parlance) for a faster path to consumers over the last mile of the network because there aren’t any enforceable rules against it.
The important thing is that today's proposal apparently doesn’t ban fast lanes. The entire text of the FCC’s order hasn’t been released yet. It may become available today. (UPDATE: [ur=http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-61A1.pdfl]Here it is[/url].) But a fact sheet the FCC released makes it pretty obvious that paid prioritization won't be banned.