The Lurking Threat of Comcast et al

There’s a post on slashdot that points out a possible and scary game plan for cable companies. Cable companies may have a new evil plan, Comcast for instance wants to “delay traffic for the heaviest users of Internet data without targeting specific software applications.”

The slashdot article points out that this may be a “potential preemptive strike against the cable company’s chief future competition: streaming video.” Mehan Jayasuriya at Public Knowledge writes that “Despite the industry’s constant invocation of the P2P bogeyman, at present, the largest bandwidth hog is actually streaming video.”

This is a nice way for cable companies to limit what we consumers can use what we pay for while engaging in anti-competitive practices. It seems like we may need net neutrality now more than ever.