Saturday, October 03, 2009

More on Net Neutrality

Once again, be careful of what you wish for:
"So it turns out that Google's enthusiasm for government-imposed 'net neutrality' is qualified. The Internet giant wants cumbersome network management rules applied to everyone—except Google.

....Last week FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules for regulating Internet operators and gave assurances that 'this is not about government regulation of the Internet.' But this dispute highlights the regulatory creep that net neutrality mandates make inevitable. Content providers like Google want to dabble in the phone business, while the phone companies want to sell services and applications.

The coming convergence will make it increasingly difficult to distinguish among providers of broadband pipes, network services and applications. Once net neutrality is unleashed, it's hard to see how anything connected with the Internet will be safe from regulation."

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