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Net Neutrality

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

I just saw an anti-net neutrality ad from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.  They portray Google and its allies on the pro-neutrality side as “multi-billion dollar tech companies” who just want more money from you, the poor consumer.  Why, we all know that the cable and telecom companies have always done what is best for the consumer, right?

Lots of people have spilled lots of ink over net neutrality in the past few months, but if nothing else this one ad would make me side with Google.  If it comes down to who I trust more, Verizon or Google?  Easy.  Which one of those companies has ever charged me a dime?  Which one of those companies has a history of near-whimsical pricing and abuse of government-sponsored monopoly power?  Yeah, exactly.  Hell, just last month, Verizon wanted to punk their cellular customers with an invented new fee to recoup the losses from the FCC cancelling the Spanish-American War tax.

Who do you trust?


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Sep. 13th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Not the people who want to outlaw my QoS router.
Sep. 13th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
OK, so it doesn't all come down to trust, for those who actually understand the nuances involved in the battle. But, an ad from the CABLE companies telling me to not trust that other guy? HAH!
Sep. 13th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, for once they're the lesser of two evils. Don't get me wrong, they are evil, and they want to retain control their networks for evil purposes, but that doesn't make private control of networks evil per se.
Sep. 13th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
I can understand both sides, and I don't think either side has a monopoly on lies or reason. I am mostly libertarian, and less regulation is better than more regulation, but then the telecoms are mostly monopolies, and regulation is their bread and butter... And then my brain explodes.
Sep. 13th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
If the regulation was limited to those that enjoy government-granted monopolies, I'd be fine with that. I've often said that companies that take government coin should be subjected to more regulation, which puts me at odds with many Republicans and Libertarians.

But except for the last mile, there is no such thing as an internet monopoly (the internet is just a network of private networks) and phone companies, cable companies, and wireless companies compete even for the last mile, so their monopoly power is limited.

None of the net-neutrality laws make that distinction anyway. They tell everyone who we can and can't allow on our networks, and at what price, simply because we have a network. It's draconian command economics applied to what until now has been one of the most free markets ever.

Sep. 13th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
/me is the choir. Preach on.
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