It really looks like they're not playing fair, trying to tilt things in their favor. Here're some of the details from the experts, but it all comes down to trust.
The folks at Consumers' Union have the whole story here. For a few more details:
The network operators will have an ideal opportunity to discriminate, particularly when they sell the same services for which they are imposing access charges on competitors.
- They can favor their own services by not paying the fast lane fee or giving their own services priority in routing or speed over competitors.
- They can reward their allies and friends and punish their competitors by charging different rates for the fast lane or offering more favorable treatment only to allied providers.
- They can use the information they gain as network operators about which services are being sold by their competitors to target their marketing and undermine competition (a tactic they used to great effect against
competing local exchange carriers (CLECs).
They already do this kind of thing, including regarding my own DSL line.