Net Neutrality – be careful what you wish for

October 2, 2009
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As retribution for Martin Geddes and in the name of “what goes around comes around” for Google, in the irony of ironies, it is now AT&T claiming Google  is violating Net Neutrality laws. Tell me you didn’t see that coming.

We also have Carl Ford asking “can the concept of ‘open’ be governed?” (see http://apps.calliflower.com/conf/show/58623)

Martin Geddes has long argued that Net Neutrality regulation is unenforceable and technologically naive – essentially that it will come back to bite you in the ass – and here it has.

You can’t expect a law to only apply to the bad guys.

This is what I’d call playing to the teleco’s strengths – if it’s one thing they know how to do, it’s lawyering up. They probably love all this “Net Neutrality” talk because they know how to manipulate the game in their favor.

As I’ve said in the past, Net Neutrality needs a dictionary and the root of the problem is lack of competition, lack of consumer choice for broadband provider. If there’s going to be new legislation, it should be focused on that problem, as was done in the UK and France, rather than trying to define and then enforce supposed rules about “Net Neutrality”.

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