In a recent interview with IDG News Service, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that customers who use lots of bandwidth should be charged more. People who download lots of files or stream content on a regular basis should naturally be charged, in his mind.
"It's only natural that the heavy users help contribute to the investment to keep the Web healthy," McAdam said during a conference call on Monday, as reported by IDG News Service. "That is the most important concept of net neutrality."
McAdam's comment illustrates why his company filed a lawsuit against the FCC to get the Open Internet Order invalidated. The D.C. District Court of Appeals made his dreams come true when it said that the FCC had no authority to regulate his company and other broadband carriers because it did not properly categorize them as "common carriers." With net neutrality rules invalidated, the future looks bright for Verizon, who can now start laying the groundwork to charge both content providers like Netflix and consumers who enjoy using those kinds of services extra.
McDowell also brushed aside concerns that Verizon would selectively block or throttle bandwidth access.
"We make our money by carrying traffic," he said. "That's how we make dollars. So to view that we're going to be advantaging one over the other really is a lot of histrionics, I think, at this point."
As usual companies like Microsoft, Sony, Activision, and EA remain silent on net neutrality. It's interesting because the services they provide eat up lots and lots of bandwidth. Perhaps, like Netflix, they will simply start paying for their traffic to be delivered through ISPs like Verizon and Comcast and pass the cost on to the end user…