The network neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission had implemented in 2011 were deemed invalid Tuesday, leaving Washington D.C., tech firms, content providers, ISPs and consumers unsure of what might happen to the current version of the internet, where all lawful internet traffic is delivered to consumers without discrimination.
This could be a new landscape if the FCC decides to wait and see how the ISPs try to shift their business models for a world without network neutrality — something that current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler seems willing to do.
So, as always in these cases, let’s look at who wins and loses.
ISPs: For the most part this is going to be a big win for ISPs with the exception of Comcast, which can’t actually implement any sort of paid prioritization schemes that other ISPs might be willing to try because of the agreement it made with the FTC when it purchased NBC-Universal. That agreement holds until 2017.
The NCTA, the organization that represents the cable television industry, has already put out a statement that it doesn’t plan to block any content: something Comcast actually did back in 2008...