“Two-class internet,” Deutsche Telekom’s third current scandal: they plan to charge content providers for not slowing down their content’s delivery, ultimately giving large, financially-established firms an advantage over smaller firms and startups.
By also “throttling” consumers’ internet access speeds, Telekom was planning to cash in at both ends of the pipe. Deutsche Telekom has now conceded to the outrage by announcing they won’t throttle consumers’ internet access as hard or as fast as originally announced.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal wrote on 19 Jun 2013 that large US content companies have already been paying tens of millions of dollars per year per company to large phone and cable internet companies in the USA to keep the network operators from slowing down delivery of their content. The same large content companies could be blackmailed by similar network controllers in every country in the world.
(Tsv eye CLOSS en Internet.)