The days of self publishing are likely over. The New York Times reports this morning that “Google and Verizon are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege.” In a very near future, big publishing houses like Vanity Fair and The New York Times will load quickly because they’ll be able to afford the extra charges while small blogs like Art Fag City will be relegated to the slow lane.
This news comes only three months after a federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has no legal authority to enforce net neutrality regulations on service providers. Up until this time, giant communications companies had been blocked from making deals that would create a two tier system in which only the moneyed can afford quick load times.
The Times suggests the deal will be a result of the mobile technology race though reporter Edward Wyatt never does more than gently remind readers that Google’s android phones use Verizon’s services. He also mentions their competitor Apple, which will use Verizon’s carrier services starting next January, ending AT&T’s exclusive services for the iphone. Past that all readers know is that Google will get an unspecified something out of agreeing not to challenge Verizon's ability to manage its broadband Internet network as it pleased.
Naturally an array of galling statements have been offered up relative to net neutrality and its enforcement. “Our primary goal was always to clear our name and reputation.” Comcast told CNN last April, as if their desire to provide shittier service and charge more for it had unduly soiled their reputation. We can expect little help from congress. In an unrelated Times article by Democratic member of the House of Representatives Anthony Weiner talks about how not even noncontroversial legislation can’t get passed due to willful obstruction. Net Neutrality doesn’t fit this bill, but that’s because both the Democrats and the Republicans receive money from these giant corporations, and thusly kowtow to their interests.