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Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Net Neutrality Debate with Public Knowledge
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I debated PK's Art Brodsky last week about net neutrality on the international news channel, RussiaToday. Here are a few of my key points of disagreement with Art:

  1. The glittering generality of "Neutrality," once enshrined in law for one layer of the Internet will be extended, sooner or later, to other layers. As Adam and I have warned, "the same rationale would apply equally to any circumstance in which access to a communications platform is supposedly limited to a few 'gatekeepers.'" We're already seeing this with fights over application neutrality and device neutrality, and calls for search neutrality are growing.

  2. Art insists that antitrust suits work too slowly. But he doesn't address the basic question of what standard should govern network management. Should it be "neutrality uber alles" or, if we're going to regulate in fashion, why shouldn't we ask what's good for consumers--the standard proposed by PFF's 2005 Digital Age Communications Act (DACA)? Neutrality isn't always best!

  3. Common carriage regulation didn't work well for railroads (contrary to popular myth) and it worked even less well for communications media, retarding the development of new services like faxes, Internet services and cell phones. Regulating broadband providers the same way will work even more poorly because they aren't just "big dumb pipes" providing a plain vanilla service and incapable of innovation that can benefit consumers.

posted by Berin Szoka @ 10:35 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy , Broadband , Innovation , Neutrality

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David Farber, one of the early technologists involved in the formation of the Internet, has a piece out in the Washington Post arguing that the new FCC guidelines will stifle innovation.

Posted by: Simon Owens at October 9, 2009 10:24 AM

Cries of war
Saved now our sons from war here us o' hear us o' father guide now my son name Carl cried out this mother please saved o' please saved him! This sin has gone to far here me o' sister. What have we done so far cried out this mother please saved O' please saved him!
It was a warm and dusty day Iheard people saying Daniel pearl has lost his way, they took this dad away and the cries of the children say please saved my son from war cried out my daughter it wasted time on earth cried little sister Bring back my boys back home shout out my brother saved now his dieing soul cried little siater please saved o' please saved him........
Choplease bring my boys back home Please saved o' please saved him, Tears of a mother , saved now his dieing soul Hear me o' father saved now my brother ..Please saved o' please saved him saved now my Nephew carl.......
Bring back my boys back home
In memory of Daniel Pearl and my nephew who serve two years in IraQ

Posted by: KATYCE at October 13, 2009 11:01 PM

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