ISP Wants to Prioritize the Web

William L. Smith, chief technology officer for Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp., told reporters and analysts that an Internet service provider such as his firm should be able, for example, to charge Yahoo Inc. for the opportunity to have its search site load faster than that of Google Inc.

Once again, businessmen doing what they do best – finding new ways to insert themselves into a valuable interaction that doesn’t need them. Unfortunately, I think it’s likely that this will actually happen and that we’ll all get used to it. If they introduced it gradually, consumers wouldn’t notice the difference quickly enough to react. The only effective way to stop it would be regulations, so I guess I wouldn’t mind if that’s what happens. You could argue that this would be an anti-competetive practice, so it’s not a cut-and-dry free market issue.
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