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Are Internet Fast Lanes on the Way?

Are Internet Fast Lanes on the Way?

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The way you experience news may be changing. In a 3-2 vote this week, the Federal Communications Commission opened the door for possible internet fast lanes that would turn the internet into a pay for priority proposition. Those with deep pockets could pay for premium service.

The FCC's vote veils an objective to incentivize broadband companies to upgrade services. Jim Van Fleet, a technology expert at Charlotte's Packard Place, says big companies like AT & T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable lead the industry with near monopoly status.  With little competition in the industry, the companies have been slow to upgrade internet infrastructure on their own.  The FCC offers an incentive.

Still, there are those who believe that upgrades will only be offered to companies and customers with the financial wherewithal to pay the price.  It could create internet fast lanes, creating a hierarchy of internet users, haves and have nots.

Will this be the end of net neutrality - equal internet access for all? Jim Van Fleet says, "the internet was created to provide great service for all independently." The FCC vote could change that.  He says the FCC move may not translate into better service. In fact, it might result in higher costs for consumers, especially those who can fit the bill for top tier service.

Innovative business owners in the video streaming sector may face challenges. Their businesses demand the highest speed internet available Addy Vapur, CEO of  Mail Vu in Packard Place says the upgraded service may be too cost prohibitive for small business owners like himself, but there is a potential up side: "it seems like the right thing to do to provide open internet where everybody has unfiltered access."  It's a resounding sentiment in the Carolinas' tech community.

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