Net Neutrality Links
I’ve added these links to the Net Neutrality Page today.
In the comments to that post, I said I really didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have an issue with network services differentiated by ability to pay for bandwidth, as long consumers had access to the same services, at whatever bandwidth. That is, IÃ¢â¬â¢m not opposed to tiering quality of service based on price. Tiering access to services based on price is a different issue.
In a new comment, Richard Bennett points out that bandwidth is not the only service differentiator.
ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s correct. IÃ¢â¬â¢m stating my desire that Ã¢â¬â where technically possible Ã¢â¬â all customers at all price levels have access to the same services.
What stands in the way of all this are the Bells. They insist that the phone lines built under regulated monopoly are “theirs,” that no one else (OK, maybe a cable franchise) should be providing that service, and that they should be allowed to use their monopoly power for their own private enrichment.
Into this argument steps Bob Frankston. The Visicalc co-founder has written a satire, in the tradition of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, called Paying by the Stroll.
I’ve been immersed in so-called tele-communications issues for a long time but I haven’t posted too much lately because I’m not satisfied with net neutrality and am trying to figure out how to explain that the problem is more fundamental (as in “Telecom Phrase”). How come I have to plead for neutrality when we’re talking about infrastructure that we should own?
One of the classic marketing clichs is that people don’t buy the drill, they buy the hole. A good marketer or, for that matter, politician, knows that people want solutions rather than having to worry about every detail themselves. I must’ve been thinking too much about those who want to do us too much good when I went to sleep last night Ã¢â¬Â¦
Morning of my First Day in At Your Service Village!
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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