Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Sep 2009 19:16 UTC
Internet & Networking Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, today laid out plans to enforce net neutrality upon the internet. While the FCC is a US-only entity, fact of the matter is that "control" over the internet lies within the US, so whatever the FCC decides, it will affect the rest of the world.
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Comment by Anon9
by Anon9 on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 02:46 UTC
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As a libertarian, I oppose what the FCC is trying to do. Aside from ideological reasons, I fear there might be negative unintended consequences. For instance, what if the Internet does get overly congested like some claim it might. Neutrality laws might hinder the free market of ideas on how to deal with the issue best.

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RE: Comment by Anon9 - potentially
by jabbotts on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 12:54 in reply to "Comment by Anon9"
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My personal concern is that business will do what it's always done in this particular market and seek every way to derive profit at the end user's utter expense. It's not an industry where free market principals have tended to benefit the customer as the ideology hope's for.

As for network congestion, we and the US are falling behind in networking technology. The telco's have been lax in keeping there networks upgraded in favor of shareholder interests dictated by corporate law. Other countries with much higher density and connected populations are easily tripling our transfer speeds. The network congestion issue is more a monster under the bed used to scare us consumers into behaving at bed time than an formidable threat.

In a healthy customer driven market, I'd agree with you since true competition between businesses would result in the best products ant lowest costs.

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