So as I'm sure everyone is aware, on Dec. 14, 2017, the laws that enforce free and fair data traffic over the internet will be repealed. While many people are spreading doomsday prophecies of providers taking advantage of this development to block certain websites altogether and restructuring the internet to a Cable TV-like format, that's still a very extreme scenario that would only come about in the very worst of possibilities.
However, I'm not posting here to rant about how bad this whole thing is, or to stir up a political debate over it. What I'm curious about at the moment is what this means for indie game developers, specifically those who are planning to launch and maintain MMORPGs in the future.
Of course, while research into this topic has shown me that the likelihood of the aforementioned worst-case scenario is low, at least at this early stage in time, the one thing that is most certain to happen is that ISPs will charge extra fees to any company that wishes to host its content online and send it to consumers. Many predict that these fees could become so high that smaller startup companies would no longer have a chance at even being able to create content, leaving only room for the larger corporations and silencing anyone else.
It goes without saying why this would be a concern for an MMO.
It's already expensive enough to maintain an MMO server as it is. With something like this, I personally have become scared that the FCC may have brought down a sudden death-blow to this and other similar projects that no one could have seen coming. Of course, I don't have all the facts, so maybe I could be missing some key details and the existance of CoT and other indie MMO projects aren't as threatened as it may seem.