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Okay so obviously, a few days ago Netflix agreed to pay comcast for direct connections to deliver its content to customers.
Well now Verizon is dropping packets on Netflix to get the same payday.
This is going to be the beginning of a horrid downward spiral of greed, price gouging and of course . . . we the consumers getting screwed.
What's getting my spidey-sense tingling is if this hits the gaming industry, what will it mean for smaller companies/indies and their ability to release multiplayer games? Or for services like Steam?
I'm not entirely certain why this double dipping is allowed, "pay us for internet", "okay, now pay us more for it not to suck."
It wouldn't be as much of a problem if we (consumers) had choices, but most people are stuck with one ISP in their area (two if they're lucky) and they're usually one of the big ones.
On top of the cable companies charging content providers for using their traffic (while already charging them to use it in the first place), there's nothing to stop them from simply saying, "Now we are offering the "media package" in which Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/youtube/etc actually work on your connection instead of playing at dial-up speeds".
Anyone else a bit nervous about this?