04/26/2014 11:56 EDT | Updated 04/26/2014 11:59 EDT

Canada Won't Escape The FCC's Gutting Of Net Neutrality


The US Federal Communications Commission's proposed internet regulations would, as portrayed, effectively end net neutrality as we know it. And not just for Americans, either; because of how tightly connected the US is connected with its neighbour to the north, there's reason to be concerned if you're Canadian as well.

Yesterday, sources told the New York Times that the FCC wants to allow internet service providers to jack rates for higher speed delivery of certain content like online video, which will likely create a tiered system: those who can pay to deliver their content in the fast lane, and those who can't. In an email, Canadian digital policy expert Professor Michael Geist didn’t mince words: “If the reports are true—the FCC is [vaguely] denying it tonight—it guts net neutrality in the United States.”