Some dark days are ahead of us my friends.

As I have now already read from multiple sources the US Federal Communications Commission (or FCC) has recently passed what many Enthusiasts fearfully call the Net Neutrality Act. For those of you who don’t know what this is:

Network Neutrality is the basic principle that describes the access to a network (on the Internet) for all of its users as being neutral. It indicates that everyone has the same Level of Access to a certain Network’s Contents. That nothing gets Priority over something else or is taken out entirely.

This principle has hereby been broken for Users accessing the Internet over Cellular Networks in the U.S.A. From now on, Providers can help themselves to a better Quality of Service by for example downgrading the priority of Skype Traffic or even charging extra Money for it. While it is true that Skype Phonecalls aside other things use a lot of traffic and are therefore a Bandwidth-Killer for Celltowers I simply can’t believe this is seen as the Solution. If the Structure of a Network gives in to the Demands of its Users the Provider has to make sure that the Structure is improved in my Eyes.

This Article from Dial-A-Phone sums up the basic Problem of this Approach even further. The Net Neutrality Act allegedly doesn’t even restrict the Providers from shutting down certain Services entirely.

Some dark days are ahead of us my friends.