Melody, at the St. Louis Bloggers Guild, challenges us with the idea that bandwidth may soon become a commodity. The position is reflective of the growing battle between ISPs and big business and the none business user. The much wrote about Comcast fiasco is but the most notable.
The article contends that unless laws protecting net neutrality are put in place, many, including bloggers, may have more to think about than content alone. Bandwidth may become a business expense. I’d like to contend that for most full time bloggers, it already is.
Many bloggers today aren’t just posting text. The age of video blogging and podcasts is upon us. Sure many of those files don’t have to be stored locally, but if not, and reliable hosting is required, the blogger ends up paying. The question is not will it become a commodity, but when will tiered bandwidth come into play.
Telcos already have on and off peak hours for phone calls, and it would appear their current bandwidth strategy would take them along the same path. Why not charge more for high use during peak hours and a cheaper rate for off peak hours. Why not charge more for based on domestic versus international traffic. What’s to say that Comcast isn’t the only one already throttling bandwidth, and not just targeting file sharing. Melody is right, bloggers might be next, but I’m willing to bet for some ISPs, that sort of traffic guidance is already in play. If not at the ISP level, I’m willing to bet it’s already happening at many site hosting shops. Not just cap on total use, but speed based on what your sites content is.
Is there a law that says you have to advertise all of your products? What’s to keep Dreamhost or other hosts from putting silent caps in place for blogs, and not for businesses?
Okay, maybe I smell dark shadows type stuff here, but mark my words, it’s already happening on a larger scale than we know.
Your ranting blogger…
Do go read the original article on the St. Louis Bloggers Guild.