Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Sep 2007 13:37 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Internet & Networking The US Justice Department has said that internet service providers should be allowed to charge for priority traffic. The agency said it was opposed to 'network neutrality', the idea that all data on the net is treated equally. The comments put the agency at odds with companies such as Microsoft and Google, who have called for legislation to guarantee equal access to the net.
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government granted monopolies
by Yamin on Fri 7th Sep 2007 16:17 UTC
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It's always strange these days how government granted monopolies want the 'free-market' to prevail.

It's not just telecom. Let's take healthcare. The government grants an exclusive right to doctors to treat patients. On my own, I cannot decide I have a sinus infection and go to the store and pick up some nasonsex. I have to go through a doctor who gets his/her cut.

This works fine if government/people recognizes this and realize they can and should control costs/accessibility.

However, what has happened is these government mandated monopolies have convinced many people they should be able to charge free market pricing or act is a free market company.

Lets go back to telecom. Yes, frequencies are auctioned off, but its still a government mandated monopoly. Those waves pass through our common air and even on my personal property.
It's ridiculous for the government to say they should not have mandated GSM or anything, as that opposes the free market.

Similarly with cable and land lines.

Now practically speaking, it's okay to have these government monopolies, as long as we recognize that it is not the free market and should not be treated as such.

My ISP provides my with upload/download capacity.
Googles ISP provides them with upload/download capacity

That's the end of the story.
The good analogy is a world of complete toll roads.

I use the roads and I should be charged for my use of the roads. Now, does it matter if a large number of people who use the toll road want to go to mall. This clogs up the roads. Should the mall pay the toll company extra? No, because people are already paying to use the toll.

If ISPs made a bad deal with their customers, they should own up to it and adjust their rates accordingly. Or install better throttling or network management abilties. I know at my brother's university, once you pass your allocated bandwidth, they put you on a lower priority queue (okay for basic browsing..but you can't stream videos for sure)

Edited 2007-09-07 16:26

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