According the U.S. Department of Justice, the delivery of Internet service should be no different than how the postal service delivers mail.
This means ISPs should have the ability to charge different fees to provide consumers with different kinds of service. If you want your traffic considered high priority you would pay a higher fee than traffic considered to be second or third-class – just like the post office has different rates for first-class, overnight and bulk service.
So goes the Justice Department submission to the Federal Communications Commission, which should be happy happy joy joy news for anyone who doesn’t believe in Net Neutrality – the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated the same. In making its decision, the Justice Department contends Net Neutrality could harm the Internet’s evolution by discouraging ISPs from upgrading or expanding their networks.
Is this just another blow to Net Neutrality? Is it a sign that we’re rumbling towards a day when the Internet will stop being a level playing field. It sure look that way – at least from here. It is strange that while the Net Neutrality debate rages on in the U.S., the silence is deafening in Canada. It’s like the CRTC is closing its eyes, and hoping the issue somehow disappears or magically resolves itself.