Net Neutrality Just Got Sucker-Punched. Will Madison Avenue Get the Bill?
Advertising already subsidizes much of the Internet's content. Soon, marketers may underwrite access to it, as well. As the Internet loads up on data-heavy content like high-definition streaming videos, companies that transport that content to consumers, such as Verizon and AT&T, are looking for ways to offset the higher carriage costs. The Federal Communications Commission has tried to prevent them from passing the buck to consumers or media companies by forcing broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally, an effort called "Net neutrality." The Net neutrality fight received a stomach-punch on Tuesday.