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Ben Scott, policy director of the media-oriented lobbying and outreach organization Free Press, said . . .
“Imagine what it looks like when you create a multitiered Internet – you create a fast quality of service for people who pay a lot of money,” he said. “Essentially you’re creating Internet that’s best for those who can pay the most.”
In a system without expanded infrastructure, Scott said, that would mean those who cannot pay the most would have a degraded quality of service.
It’s important to distinguish between consumer tiers and those that would be on the Internet itself, Scott said.
“We’re each buying different amounts of bandwidth, but once we pay our fee and get online, it’s the same quality of access,” he said. “No one decides which Web site goes fast, which goes slow.”
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Alok Gupta, department chairman and Carlson School of Management professor of Information and Decision Sciences, said services that are not free now can be provided for free should companies be able to charge for services that require a higher level of access.
“You can not only have more incentives for investment, but you can actually increase social welfare by providing multiple levels of access,” he said.
The real danger in this area is if media companies merge with infrastructure companies, he said.
Implementation of a multitiered system requires some thoughtfulness, Gupta said, as legislators cannot let companies do whatever they want.
“If the network slows down because of high level of activity, that is natural; but purposeful degradation of services should not be allowed,” he said. “That’s the real legislative issue. That’s something we need laws about which we don’t have right now – not that it should be illegal to provide differential services.”
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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