Net Neutrality Links
I’ve added these links to the Net Neutrality Page today.
How do you detect when the Bells are committing neutricide? It can’t be as simple as measuring throughput. There’s a host in China that I can’t reach from my ISP in London because of an incorrectly configured router at Sprint. That’s stupid and painful, but it’s not the same thing as anti-neutral. Distinguishing stupidity from malice from outside is going to be very hard.
One thing we don’t want is something like the SEC’s anti-insider-trading rules. Network neutrality rules won’t have much practical use if the only way to get them enforced is to convince a bureaucrat at the FCC to raid AT&T’s sales office, seize its files, and investigate your suspicions of wrongdoing. . .
Netflix founder Reed Hastings wants to move his companyÃ¢â¬â¢s video distribution system off the postal system and onto the Internet, where it would become a major consumer of bandwidth. HeÃ¢â¬â¢s worried about traffic-sensitive pricing, so he invokes the all-singing, all-dancing Wonder Principle, Ã¢â¬Ånet neutralityÃ¢â¬Â, on the opinion pages of AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s most credulous newspaper:
Today, forces are at work to stake out future control of Web site traffic and eliminate the InternetÃ¢â¬â¢s longstanding openness. . . .
. . . While I can sympathize with Mr. HastingsÃ¢â¬â¢ desire to have Fedex service for the price of a first class stamp, IÃ¢â¬â¢d rather not be the one to pay the difference.
As AT&T continues its battles with net neutrality proponents on Capitol Hill this week, I thought it would be interesting to see where AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre has been spending his own money this campaign and election cycle.
I went to Opensecrets.org, and checked under “Whitacre.” . . . .
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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