Culture minister Ed Vaizey has backed a "two-speed" internet, letting service providers charge content makers and customers for "fast lane" access.Why do so many journalists automatically assume that the internet will operate the opposite way to every other information transmission mechanism, where the broadcaster generally pays the content producer, not the other way around?
It paves the way for an end to "net neutrality" - with heavy bandwidth users like Google and the BBC likely to face a bill for the pipes they use.
Musicians don't usually pay radio stations for playing their songs; the cash generally flows the other way. Likewise with TV broadcasts.
In order to attract customers in the suggested landscape, ISPs would have to offer quality access to sites that people want to use. I just don't see it being feasible for ISPs to threaten to hobble or block YouTube unless Google hand over cash, when Google know full well that people who want to use YouTube would just switch to other ISPs.