Mediacom CEO Rocco Commisso is as colorful as his name, and I always love hearing the cable executive speak his mind. Tech Daily has directed me to a CNET story where he has this beautiful quote on efforts to impose net neut* regulations:
"I think what the phone industry's saying and what we're saying is we've made an investment, and I don't think the government should be coming and telling us how we can work that infrastructure, simple as that," Commisso said during a panel discussion about issues faced by companies like his, adding, "Why don't they go and tell the oil companies what they should charge for their damn gas?"
The sad thing is, there are actually people out there who think that they and the government do have the right to tell oil companies what they should charge for gas. At the core of this push for Internet regulation is a lack of respect for property rights and a hyperinflated belief in the effectiveness of government.