Net Neutrality nightmare, illustrated

December 20, 2010: 11:14 AM ET

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.  More

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