Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Save the Internet: More on net neutrality: "The cable and telephone industry see enormous revenues as operators of a private internet toll-road. How has the internet -- so diverse and unwieldly -- fallen into their hands? The answer is (of course) the Bush administration. Heavily lobbied by the cable and phone giants, the Bush Federal Communications Commission has been eliminating the rules that required the internet to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner."

We will have to watch to see if the Howard government will follow policies as destructuve as this.

5 comments:

Luv2Box said...

As much of a Bush supporter as I am, I think he is heading for dangerous waters if he keeps heading in the direction it sounds like he is moving toward. I want innovation and choices and even without FCC intervention, we barely have that! I really hope the FCC (and Bush) stop playing politics and focus on real business matters!

watcher said...

The FCC already has oversight in regards to protecting consumer rights, but network neutrality is not about protecting the consumer. A "neutral" net, bogged down with government regulation, only slows growth and protects the web sites sending terabytes of information across the Internet. With VoIP and video streams taking over the web, a mechanism needs to be created to finance improvments to the infrastructure, but regulation is not the right mechanism. Removing blocks to competition so that more than one or two providers can exist in any given area will do a lot more to create a neutral net than any amount of government oversight.

pkp646 said...

Forcing non-discrimination is a terrible way of trying to save the internet. All it would do would be to slow innovation and creativity. I just cannont support such a foolish plan.

hooha said...

Agreed. The internet is great because college kids working out of their dorm room on the next big thing can do so without having to navigate burdensome government regulation. Do we really want that to change?!

MRT said...

Internet providers will not end up trying to control the internet. It would not be smart business to anger everyone on such a large scale. Al they want to do is pay for creating a smaller network within the internet to provide faster services. This does not sound like taking control of the internet to me.