Just a week before the FCC holds a vote on whether to apply fairness rules to some of the nation’s internet service providers, two companies that sell their services to the country’s largest cellular companies showed off a different vision of the future: one where you’ll have to pay extra to watch YouTube or use Facebook.


To those who claim that Net Neutrality is a solution in search of a problem, Wired’s Ryan Singel posts exhibit #3,768: Two companies are pitching the carriers on the hows and whys of charging wireless users extra for sites like Facebook and YouTube — and charging nothing at all for their own services.


If the FCC fails to pass rules to protect the wireless Internet from discrimination, these stories will be less and less theoretical. Rather than read reports of what could be, we’ll read about what is already happening. Not good.


Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson has more.