Changes to Comcast’s net neutrality site raise questions on paid prioritization

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Originally published in SNL Kagan Media & Communications Report on December 1, 2017.

“Fred Campbell, a former Republican FCC aide and the current director of the free market think tank Tech Knowledge, said questions over quality of service arrangements or network management practices are among the reasons why he sees paid prioritization as one of the more nuanced topics in net neutrality. ‘The concept is confusing,’ Campbell said in an interview, adding that prioritization ‘means different things to different people.’He noted that the FCC’s 2015 order specifically discussed instances where it might waive the ban if a petitioner demonstrated some significant public interest benefit. ‘There are good reasons to prioritize some services,’ Campbell said, though he also acknowledged there are scenarios were paid prioritization could be ‘anticompetitive.’