Clearly there are cases today, and many more that will develop in time, in which the option of a paid prioritization offering would be a necessity based on either technology or needs of consumer welfare. I for one see great value in the prioritization of telemedicine and autonomous car technology over cat videos. (1:43:20 into the C-Span archive)
My response on Twitter seems to have struck a chord:
When an FCC Commissioner talks about deprioritizing “cat videos” plz substitute with “video evidence of police misconduct.”— Dan Phiffer (@dphiffer) December 14, 2017
I liked how An Xiao Mina responded in her quote tweet:
This is why popular rhetoric against cat videos needs to be taken seriously — "cat videos" is often a stand in for creative content created by people deemed outside the mainstream. https://t.co/agDobPTDPa— an xiao mina (@anxiaostudio) December 14, 2017
This is now more popular than my previous big day on Twitter and sadly they’re both about things breaking on the Internet.