With Internet service providers asking for more money for faster transmission, consumer advocates are worried about impending blackouts for streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, reports the New York Post.
“Regulators are setting the stage for such battles with new rules that will bar ISPs from indiscriminate or anti-competitive blocking of traffic while paving the way for them to demand fees for enhanced service,” the story notes.
If Netflix or other streaming services refuse to pay up, consumers could see blackouts similar to the breakdowns cable-television viewers suffer when content companies can’t reach agreements with pay-TV operators, the piece reports.
“That kind of thing is about to happen in the Internet,” Derek Turner, research director with Free Press, a policy and research group, told the publication. “Both sides will blame each other” as they fight over fees, he noted.