"The FCC's mobile broadband loopholes adopted in its December Net Neutrality order are already leading to anti-competitive, anti-consumer practices," said Free Press policy counsel Chris Riley. "The agency must act quickly to investigate MetroPCS's service plans before similar blocking and content-based discrimination on wireless networks becomes an industry-wide problem."In other words, some people want to be able to watch videos on their smartphones. But videos eat up a lot of bandwidth so the company offers a premium service to cover the costs. But that violates net neutrality so if this complaint goes through, then MetroPCS would have to make this service available to everyone, regardless if they wanted it or not. Cellphone bills would increase, and yes, I can see this spreading to other carriers.
According to the six-page letter, MetroPCS has introduced a tiered system under which customers are changed more for accessing high-usage sites such as Netflix and Skype.
The very poor, the ones who can't afford nor desire such options, would be completely shut off from this avenue. In pursuit of making the Internet accessible to everyone, you make it accessible to fewer people. This is a good object lesson in unintended consequences.
Here's HuffPo's op-ed on the subject.
HT: Alex Tabarrok