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05/16/2006 Entry: "Websnark (of all people) sums up why I'm not so worried about net neutarlity"

"Specifically, I want to write about what happens to the companies that actually start trying to throttle the internet based upon their premium service.

"Simply put? If you work for one of those companies? Keeping that resume up to date is in order.

"See, I may be a liberal, but I'm a liberal who actually believes that the Market forces really do exist and really do correct mind numbingly stupid mistakes. And the day that COPE and such legislation passes... the day that telecoms start insisting people charge fees for 'premium access...' is the day that smart companies will absolutely decimate those telecoms in the marketplace.

"Think of it. Google, Intel, Microsoft, Skype, Vonage, eBay, Earthlink, Amazon.com and Yahoo are all proponents of Net Neutrality. And of course they are -- they have no interest in paying premium fees to companies they don't even do business with. You think they won't throw their massive support behind backbone companies that pledge to 'stay net neutral?' You think Earthlink and other ISPs won't start advertising that their DSL service 'doesn't come with a toll booth?' You think hosting companies won't flock to those backbones that agree to provide broad service without 'tiers,' and you think that new backbone companies won't spring up to provide new routes free of this kind of interference?"

~snipista~

"Am I saying we shouldn't fight to defeat COPE and its ilk? Not hardly. Passage would be inconvenient at best, and there would be Trouble. I signed the petition and I contacted my representatives beyond that. But if it passes, do I think that it would devastate the Internet? No, I really don't. I don't because there's way too many companies out there who would be more than happy to take Verizon and Comcast's lunch money and give them swirlies in the bathroom if those companies were stupid enough to give them such an obvious and powerful selling point.

"Capitalism. It's a rampaging heartless beast. And sometimes that's a good thing."
On Net Neutrality, Eric Burns at Websnark, May 16, 2006

A guy at Websnark (of all places) sums up why I'm not so worried about net neutarlity. I agree; fight, but don't freak out.

Posted by GM

Replies: 1 Comment

Great catch. I think this is right, though this afternoon I am going to try to get down to a little anti-AT&T demostration, just on general principles.

Posted by janinsanfran @ 05/24/2006 09:15 AM PST

 

 

 

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