Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Net Neutrality Endgame

Matt Drance:

It’s sad that this has come to an issue of courts and regulatory bodies. The real problem here is that there’s nowhere else to turn. There is no tangible consumer choice. The infrastructure is effectively monopolized. It will not be possible to vote on this with your wallets: you can submit, or cancel your service. But nobody’s going to stop using the Internet — certainly not in the kind of volume that would make a dent in policy.

Even a victory for network neutrality would not be an optimal solution. The price of forbidding the bad behavior is locking us into the less efficient common carrier model.

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