In the past year, you may have experienced or heard about the contract issues between cable providers and various networks. Earlier this month, AT&T U-verse almost dropped Food Network and HGTV and you might recall back in December 2008, Time Warner Cable almost dropped Viacom networks like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. This type of negotiation between the network and the provider could be coming to the internet. For example, services (channels) like Google and Facebook, could negotiate access contracts with ISPs. We could see these companies once again using consumers as leverage to bargain for better contract terms.

Priority access deals could result in “slow suicide” for ISPs