Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Aug 2010 20:55 UTC
Internet & Networking Well, this is interesting. As some rumours already suggested, Google and Verizon have released a joint proposal for a legislative framework regarding net neutrality. This being Google and all, some of you may expect this to be all flower-farting unicorns darting across rainbows, but sadly, that's not the case. This proposal? Well, it's not good.
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telns
Member since:
2009-06-18

You must mean that same huge consumer base that purchases products based on quality and technical features rather than marketing and shiny blinkey lights


So you are going to force them to pay--because it will cost more to provide--for something they don't even care about because you know what is best for them?

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Force someone under the idea that I know best with no input from them.. heck no.. I don't even do that to my own family. I'm arguing the very opposite of that kind of behavior being imposed by the corporations trying to remove neutrality and free market forces from the Internet.

This doesn't change the fact that consumer markets are riddled with the graves of products that benefited the consumer more but couldn't compete against the marketing of lesser products. I truly wish this was a perfect world with healthy free markets regulated by the natural market forces but the technology industry is far from it.

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telns Member since:
2009-06-18

I truly wish this was a perfect world with healthy free markets regulated by the natural market forces but the technology industry is far from it.


This suggests that this is (as I mentioned in another comment) a choice between an imperfect market and a perfect law.

Reality will show it as one between an imperfect market and an imperfect law.

Even our imperfect market will adapt to the rapid pace of technology much better than any law. That is not only theory; it has a decent track record of doing so. Watch some movies from about 10-15y and check out the computers, cellphones, little warbling modems, etc. Then pick up your Android and IM a buddy to come over and watch the latest episode of Psych streaming HD off Amazon VoD. Watch "Double Rainbow All the Way" on YouTube on your phone while you wait, or better yet, use it to reply on OSNews about the imperfections of the market.

Even if that law and the lawgivers were all acting in good faith they could not keep up, which I sincerely doubt with the powerful and wealthy petitioning for special favors.*


* If you are of the gloom and doom camp, you might note that the special interests always win. It is worth it to them to focus their time and energy constantly on achieving a special tax break, a special exemption, a special something. Millions are spent everyday on such things. The rest of us have other jobs, other claims on our time, just plain other concerns. There may be more of us, but we haven't the time or the ability to organize and counter everything that might negatively affect us, but benefit them. There are so many little tweaks, little wording changes introduced that it would take absolute dedication to keep up -- the kind of dedication that is worthwhile to them, the beneficiaries, but not to anyone else. In the end, once the legal framework has been created to regulate everybody, they'll get it (re)shaped their way.

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Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

You can have the best product in the world, and if you can't market it, it won't get popular. Or, there are features that engineers think are really hot but the consumer couldn't give a crap less about them...no one knows exactly what is best for every consumer.

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