Despite 83 per cent of Americans supporting net neutrality maintaining the status quo, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has undone the 2015 rules that prevented internet providers from using a tiered/paid system to block or slow specific websites.
Most important votes in Washington, D.C. these days seem to take place on party lines. From tax reform to healthcare, the ruling Republican party has been unable to convince any Democrats that their initiatives have merit. The FCCs vote on net neutrality yesterday was, in its own way, a very important vote. And the Commission, avowedly an independent agency overseen by Congress, split on party lines.
I spoke with Andy Vogel, global head of digital products at programmatic provider /media consultancy NewBase, who also sits on a number of industry advisory bodies including the Mobile Marketing Association’s Global Board, and Google’s Publisher Advisory Board. “It’s bad for brand marketers,” he said, “because someone is going to have to pay, and brands aren’t going to want to pass on the cost to the consumer” — although the outcome, he said, is that “consumers will ultimately have less choice.”
If you listen to the lyrics of REM’s ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine!)’ it feels more like a prediction as we live through 2017. US net neutrality is for the chop, after today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) undoing 2015’s rules that stopped internet providers from blocking or slowing particular websites based on a tiered/paid system.
The Sell Sider” is a column written for the sell side of the digital media community.
Today’s column is written by Andy Vogel, global head of digital products at NewBase.
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