Two-Tiered Internet

Pointer to BW story about the clash that's building between the Internet cos and the telcos and cable giants who want to charge extra fees for heavy uses of their networks.

BW's Cathy Yang has a story about the clash that's building between the Googles, Yahoos, and eBays of the world and the telcos and cable giants who are pushing for regulations that would allow them to charge extra fees for heavy uses of their networks.

Yang writes that this "could result in an Internet of haves, who can afford to pay the network operators more to ensure smooth service, and have-nots. Trouble is, those have-nots may include the Next Big Thing -- whether it be mom-and-pop podcasting or video blogging. The fewer innovative services on the Net, the less reason Web users have to want broadband. Both the network operators and the Internet could lose out in the end."

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