Net Neutrality Links
I’ve added these links to the Net Neutrality Page today.
I’m very much an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ guy.
The Web ain’t broke, not one bit. In fact, it’s thriving, growing by leaps and bounds, producing more cool innovations in a day than you could try out in a year. And the Net has been neutral since its beginnings. . . .
Ã¢â¬ÅPrivacy advocates slammed AT&T on Thursday for declaring that it owned its Internet and video customersÃ¢â¬â¢ account information and could hand the data over to law enforcement if needed.Ã¢â¬Â
Owned!!! ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s right – owned!!!
Think about this – read this – see this – hear this – know this;
Ã¢â¬ÅIn the policy update, which applied to AT&TÃ¢â¬â¢s more than 7 million Internet and video customers, the company said it could collect usage information from subscribers, including the Web pages they view, the programs they record, and the games they play.Ã¢â¬Â
After theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve collected that information, they OWN it! They own your information, about you!
And they do wonderful things with the information they own about you;
They Share It
The irony is that the people arguing that, say, the government should breakup monopolies in the name of innovation tend to be plagued by a lack of imagination. They couldn’t imagine that anything beyond the desktop OS would matter in computing. If they had seen a future whereby the web might supersede the desktop, they might not have worried. On a personal note, I wouldn’t argue that I have any foresight whatsoever, but hindsight works just fine. Simply looking at history should be enough to realize that one company can’t dominate and seek rents on a market for too long. Simply the act of exploiting a dominant position prompts more effort and energy in the direction of beating it.
And on that note, let me segue into the current arguments about net neutrality, and why I suspect that legislating the principle would be a bad idea. If the telcos really do try to stifle what happens on the internet, there will be a lot of effort put forth to try and circumvent their grip. . . .
–ME “Liz” Strauss
NET NEUTRALITY PAGE