By Ross Benes
Here’s one more thing for small publishers to worry about: New net-neutrality rules are going to jack up the costs of doing business.
Rolling back net neutrality would relegate independent publishers to the slow lane of the internet because they’d be unable to afford access to high speeds. Large publishers with more cash can overcome this obstacle, but they’ll be hit with onerous fees and face possible competitive disadvantages from subsidiaries of internet-service providers receiving preferential treatment.
“I suspect that ISPs would create different tiers of data transmission speeds and prioritization,” said Fred Lane, an attorney who specializes in emerging technologies. ”Large corporations would be in a position to negotiate preferential treatment in ways not available to smaller content producers.”
See the full article featuring comments from CTO John Potter here: http://digiday.com/media/net-neutrality-hurt-publishers/