Uneducated Reporting This has been how the Internet has run since the commercialization of the NSF Net. There is nothing "covert" about it. Welcome to the Intertubes.
"Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy
| || I'll bet you'd feel differently if you ran a Web site that wasn't paying, since, for someone's data to be prioritized, someone else's data has to be de-prioritized.|
Imagine if you went to a theme park with your family, paid your admission, and got in line for a popular ride, then you saw a large group of people get in line behind you. Someone from that group walks up to the guy letting people onto the ride, slips him some cash, then the entire large group is waved to the front, forcing you to wait even longer. I'll bet you'd be a little steamed. But maybe you figure that, OK, you see how the game is played, so you go up to the guy to give him some cash to restore your place in line, at which point he refuses, saying that the large group are regulars, so he has a longstanding relationship with them that he can't afford to damage by taking your money and moving you back up. Now suppose that this group shows up at every ride you go to, always paying to get ahead of you in line, no matter how far after you they arrive. Because that's basically what we're talking about here.
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Money is exchanged either way Only this ends up working out to be cheaper.
An ISP like Comcast offers connectivity to 18+ million subscribers. So a company like Microsoft can pay a network operator like Level(3) for transit to deliver bits to Comcast endpoints, or Microsoft can decide that Comcast is big enough that it's worthwhile to connect directly as a customer and end up paying less than using an intermediate transit carrier.
Re: Net Neutrality
said by IowaCowboy:ISPs should not be involved with any of that. It is not their business. Users pay for Internet access not someones idea of what is right or wrong.
I personally think ISPs should be required to allow equal access to all legal content.
I do think ISPs should block access to sites that contain pirated content or other illegal content. They should also block access to fraudulent or known phishing sites.
Re: a natural outgrowth
said by Probitas :That would make sense if all of the Internet and ISP networks were congested or anywhere near it. That isn't the case at all.
would be that everyone else is slowed down as a result, that preference has to come at someone else's expense.