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Email Would it be possible to build the next YouTube or the next Netflix if big ISPs like Comcast and Verizon were allowed to charge companies for a "fast lane" that privileged their data? Collectively they have funded companies like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, and others.
So far these "fast lanes" are just hypothetical.
A good example of a young startup that could suffer from paid fast lanes is Twitch, which sits at the intersection of video and gaming. But of course it doesn't yet have anywhere near their revenues. If it had to pay for a "fast lane" to ensure its data got to customers, its business could be crippled.
But this is a separate issue than the FCC's ruling on whether companies like Verizon and Comcast can charge to privilege some data in the so-called "last mile" between their networks and consumers' homes. The FCC has promised that all those deals will be regulated to ensure they are "commercially reasonable," a vague term that has net neutrality advocates very worried.
More concrete details will emerge next week, on May 15th, when the FCC is set to publish the full draft of its proposal for new rules governing the open internet.
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