Well this is just disgusting, isn’t it? No more net neutrality!
I suppose, in a sense, the end of net neutrality is as inevitable as the passage of more bullshit DMCA/TPP/CISPA laws. The money wants it, and the money will eventually buy enough legislators that it will get what it wants.
In the end, what the money (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast) want is the same thing that the big content providers want: legal enforcement of their monopoly as middle-man in transactions between customer and retailer. They don’t really add anything substantial to the transaction; they just squat like bloated toads and expect to receive a toll from both parties in any deal.
If there was ever a case where government regulation of a market made sense, then this is it. Ok, there are really many, many examples, and this is just one of them, but you get my point.
The NSA imbroglio has made many question America’s role as custodian of the internet, and with good reason. This net non-neutrality nonsense should be the nail in the coffin.