After Thursday, Comcast Will Pick Your Web Sites For You

The Federal Communication Commission will vote Thursday to eliminate regulations that stop an Internet service provider, such as Comcast, from slowing down your connection when you visit web sites, or use apps, that they don’t prefer. For example, if Comcast makes a deal with Apple to push iTunes, they can then throttle your data–that is, slow down your connection–to other music sites, such as Spotify. It would also be legal for someone like Comcast to give a web site like Fox News preferential treatment, so that if you accessed (say) CNN or the New York Times, you would have a slower connection.

Sweden has experimented with not enforcing net neutrality: you can read about their experience here:

Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.