Not the end, but I have serious concerns for the rising popularity of video blogs (vlogs) after the ruling handed down today by the FCC. It allows Internet service providers to charge customers based on the amount of bandwidth they use (raise prices for some, lower them for others).
This will change behavior, guaranteed.
Will everyone immediately cancel their subscriptions to Wine Library TV? Nope, but you can bet that some will cut back on video (YouTube, etc.) and audio (podcasts, etc.) instead of paying higher fees. Verizon already charges based on usage for their mi-fi, and AT&T changed their iPhone plan as well. What happened?
People cut back on video usage.
So what does this mean if you’re an 8pm Warrior looking to start your own vlog or podcast? You’ll want to get going on it…like today. People will stick with their favorites (they’re addicted), but may not “invest” in finding new vlogs once they have to pay for it.
On the flipside, for traditional blogs, we could see the rise in readership as broadband prices go down for those using less bandwidth, thereby making it accessible to more people.
Either way, this could be huge.
Will you cut back once prices go up? Then now’s the time to enjoy sort of a vlogging “Fat Tuesday” before prices go up. These are some of my personal favorites from today:
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