Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Aug 2010 20:28 UTC
Internet & Networking Lots of talk on net neutrality this week, mostly due to the joint policy proposal from Google and Verzion. While many Americans are calling for government-imposed net neutrality rules, The New York Times' Eric Pfanner proposes a different solution - one that has been working wonders in Europe. And hey, what a coincidence - I'm European!
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RE[2]: Comment by ssa2204
by bile on Sun 15th Aug 2010 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ssa2204"
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Well, if was possible in Europe to force cable companies to open up their network, so why not in the US? Since when companies > government?

1. The US has different laws regarding business and an aura of private property rights.

2. Because that solution goes further down the road that created the problem in the first place. A lack of respect for private property and corporatism. If you want to fix the problem attack the disease not the symptoms.

3. Companies (businesses) should always be > than government. A business offers products and services voluntarily. Customers deal with those businesses voluntarily. It's a win/win. At least that's the way it's supposed to be. Government intervention changes that. Government forces individuals to do something they otherwise wouldn't have. It's a system where at least one party must lose and therefore create this tug of war between the public and special interests. You let government treat businesses as anything more than an individual or group of individuals you will create a system bound for corruption and abuse. Government at most is supposed to protect individuals and their property. By forcing companies which have already been given unfair advantages through government corruption to open their systems you merely temporarily mend a doomed social ideology. Get rid of the power and you get rid of the power struggle.

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