Sunday, November 22, 2009

More on the dangers of "Net Nuetrality"

From the Heartland Institute, this well thought out treatise on the dangers of "Net Neutrality" explains why this movement is so popular among "regressive" internet users.

"....From the founding of the 'copyleft' movement, to the publication of The dotCommunist Manifesto, to modern attempts to foist net neutrality upon the Web and wireless technology, the neutralists have made their aims clear. 'Big Business' must be brought to its knees – all the better to pray for mercy (or at least permission to operate) from government bureaucrats who will replace the free market in deciding how broadband networks are run and how content will flow.

Neutralists cynically promote the false notion that broadband providers should be regulated provided like public utilities. Yet access to the Internet is not similar to electricity, water, or natural gas. Internet access and technology is a complicated service delivered by competing private companies that have spent hundreds of billions of dollars bringing ever-faster broadband and wireless innovation to consumers. Upsetting this market-based model of service will lead to less innovation, slower broadband build-out, and a poorer technological experience for all.

Neutralists view the wireless sector as virgin territory in which to advance their goals. But the wireless sector is even more competitive than the land-based ISP marketplace, and innovation is
occurring there at a torrid pace. The market, not government, brought the Internet to the palm of our hands, and the government, not the market, has slowed the spread of wireless communications services by its mismanagement of the spectrum. Neutralists have cleverly exploited the language of freedom to advance their goals – calling for a 'free' and 'open' Internet, and declaring the market guilty of 'discrimination' and 'unfair practices.'

But the Internet is already 'open' and 'free' in the sense that the technology sector is open to the next competitor to produce the next groundbreaking innovation, and individuals are free to accept or reject it. Not all discrimination is bad, and the market is well-equipped to swiftly punish any unfair practices."

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