Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.
Such an agreement could overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favored over another. In its place, consumers could soon see a new, tiered system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service.
Remember when everyone used to talk about how the Internet was a level playing field? Where a website by John Q. Public was as easily accessible as a website by Corporation X?
Well, it looks like those days are over.
Don’t be evil, right Google? Fuck you. And fuck you too, Verizon.