As it appears that the FCC is poised to alter its stance on network neutrality to allow Internet service providers to charge a fee to content providers to deliver user traffic to their sites, we have drafted an invoice that may be sent reciprocally to ISPs. We have also created a downloadable boiler-plate version (Invoice) for any of our readers who are also content providers. We encourage all letters to be printed out and sent via standard post to Comcast, Time Warner, and any other ISPs who may provide access to your readers and/or viewers. It reads as follows:
Dear [Internet Service Provider]:
We trust that you wish to bring the highest level of quality service to your customers. As such, we wish to inform you about changes in our Content Supply policies. In order to maintain high levels of quality content, it is occasionally necessary for us to reevaluate our pricing schemes and adjust them accordingly.
We have valued our content at _______/per post x _______/total posts, placing the potential value of our content to each of your customers at _______. From recent research, it is understood that you have approximately _______________ customers. Thus preliminary payment of _______________ for the continued delivery of our content will need to be delivered to the return address provided by the 1st of the coming month to ensure that there is no break in service. (Cashier’s check or money order only.)
For reimbursement of any unused content delivery funds, you may send us a detailed report of the IP addresses that access our site on the 1st and 15th of each month. We look forward to your reply by standard post, as we cannot trust that our e-mail will necessarily make it through.
Thank you for your prompt attention,
ADAM WEISHAUPT is a Professor of Law at the University of Ingolstadt. His hobbies include rationalism, masonry, and opposition to Kantian idealism.