The Daily Cougar Online
Today's Weather

Sunny weather

Hi 81 / Lo 73

University of Houston HomepageUniversity of Houston Department of Student PublicationsUH Houstonian YearbookWestern Association of University Publications ManagersThe Daily Cougar Online StaffThe Daily Cougar Copyright & Web Use NoticeThe Daily Cougar AwardsAbout The Daily Cougar OnlineThe Daily Cougar Campus Spotlight Online FormThe Daily Cougar Online ArchivesThe Daily Cougar Ad Rates & InformationWelcome to The Daily Cougar OnlineThe Daily Cougar Online Campus SpotlightThe Daily Cougar Online ComicsThe Daily Cougar Online Life & ArtsThe Daily Cougar Online SportsThe Daily Cougar Online OpinionThe Dailly Cougar Online News

Student Publications
University of Houston
151C Communications Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4015

Student Publications,
All rights reserved.

Last modified:


Volume 71, Issue 143, Thursday, June 15, 2006


Staff Editorial


                Chris Elliott                        Robyn Morrow                  Johnny Peña
                                      Fabian Sifuentes              Kristen Young

Access tiering opens up can of online worms 

If a college student were asked to list the necessities of higher education, Internet access would more than likely be at the top of that list. It has quickly become the primary source of media, research and entertainment. However, the speed and freedom of the Web could be in jeopardy if the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2006, which failed to pass through the U.S. House of Representatives last week, does not pass through the Senate by the end of this month.

Access tiering could soon effect one of America's truly uncensored institutions. The concept, which has been proposed by communication companies such as AT&T, Verizon and NYNEX, would potentially require Internet domains to pay a fee to make their sites accessible at a faster rate. 

Supporters of the Freedom Preservation Act feel that access tiering could be detrimental to the Internet it because the communication companies previously mentioned would be able to control what is seen on the Internet, much like Viacom controls what is accessible over the radio or television.

Who cares? As long as it does not result in us having to pay more on our bills for Internet connection, what's the problem? As long as companies/sites that have previously not charged for access don't start adding fees to view their information, there is no need to worry. It's about time that Internet providers figured they could make more money off of the countries largest information outlet.

American consumers are always faced with the decision of paying more money for better service or higher quality merchandise. Now internet domain creators will be faced with the same decisions. More popular domains that have the ability to draw in large amounts of advertising should have no problems paying for faster information transfer if the prices set by the communication companies are not too high.

However, that is a big "if." If the price tags are high for premium accessibility, huge sites such as, or could no longer be free, which would pose a problem for surfers. Smaller sites could have problems, but that's capitalism for you. 


The Daily Cougar Online

Tell us how we're doing.

To contact the 
OpinionSection Editor, click the e-mail link at the end of this article.

To contact other members of 
The Daily Cougar Online staff,
click here .

House Ad

Visit The Daily Cougar