The little lie in the pro net neutrality argument

Many times the a statement is made similar to this:

This is the simple but brilliant "end-to-end" design of the Internet that has made it such a powerful force for economic and social good: All of the intelligence and control is held by producers and users, not the networks that connect them.

These were the terms used by Lawrence Lessig in 2006. Most often a statement is made that suggests the internet has been, was created, expanded and came to where it is today not by investments of those who want to profit from providing service — rather that those who want to profit or provide capital to improve speed or service are now a threat to internet.

The early networks like AOL and prodigy were slow networks but had coverage in areas that new providers did not. As companies came in they made agreements – Our cables are faster and you provide connections to areas we don’t – We’ll agree to allow you to use our cables if you allow us to use yours.

Net neutrality changes the ball game by making all providers provide service regardless of quality or speed at the same price. Currently faster and higher quality providers want to charge more so to speak (because when networks peer up as cox and AOL did; services change hands not money).

Those against net neutrality point to the fact when government sets the price on services it does not improve the service. New investors that would add additional equipment to the internet will not do so if they can not have a return for their investment. Bigger risks demand bigger returns because like in Las Vegas sometimes companies place their money on the wrong product – not to worry with bigger returns on high risk products it averages out in the end.

People want to ship products using FedX because FedX is faster and has great tracking – one does not need to wait 90 days before making an insurance claim that the product was lost as they do with the USPO. Forcing FedX to ship products at USPO rates would not allow them to have better infrastructure than the USPO because the infrastructure used by FedX is faster at moving packages which are checked at every way point.

Cross posted on wsmithdesign


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