The cause never dies

The ongoing pressure for government control never ceases. The recent court setback for the FCC’s I’net takeover was only something to figure out how to bypass, end run, or run over. That shows in the ideas put on the table by the FCC to define the I’net as a different kind of thing so it can have authority over it. Techdirt has a good rundown on the issues: The FCC Shakes Things Up (Somewhat) On The Net Neutrality Front

I think that maintaining a “neutral” internet, or one where end-to-end principles are maintained, is important. I just think that it can be done without the FCC stepping in, and that having the FCC make this move now could very well open the door to problematic decisions down the road. … the one thing that is certain is that this will be tied up in court for many years, and I stand by my assertion that for the next few years this is going to be pretty meaningless for consumers. … I agree with Richard that the internet tends to “regulate itself” to prevent anything really egregious from happening, he’s being a bit disingenuous in suggesting that it’s consumer advocates who came up with the idea that telcos would slow down or block certain websites

As Broadband Reports notes, this is all way too ambiguous. What everyone is saying is that this will apply to internet access, but not to internet providers — whatever that means. Ambiguity in this situation is not good, because (yet again) it introduces all sorts of wiggle room for lobbyists to move things around.

On the other hand, Fast Company has an example to illustrate the TechDirt commentary points. National Broadband? There’s One Already–With No Taxpayer Funding!

It’s a coast-to-coast fiber network with 12,000 miles of cable which has been quietly under construction since 2003. It’s so tightly managed and efficient that in November 2009 it had not one single second of downtime–a shocking stat to both sysadmins and any home broadband user fed up of repeated slow-downs or service dropouts.

That is the debate in the nutshell. One side wants more government and the other side is pointing to where the goals are achieved without it. Same thing with medical care. Same thing with climate change. and on. For those pushing government, facts don’t seem to matter and reality is a minor influence. Perhaps if this wasn’t so, a better solution could be found.

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