The net neutrality whack-a-mole

Net Neutrality is one of those nice labels that represents governmental control, top down control, over network resources that is typical of some issues in that every time it gets beat down, it shows up someplace else. The advocates know what is right and won’t let go of their dream. If one way doesn’t work, they’ll try another and then they try again. and again.

The ‘hidden agenda’ for net neutrality is unlimited speed and unconditional I’net access anywhere at minimal to no cost. Every other rationale provided is just an excuse for that desired agenda.

No competition is one such rationale. Free Speech another. Corporate controls over content another. All of these rationales for net neutrality have significant caveats and assumptions. Promoting them often relies on scare stories about something that might happen.

The fact that Comcast and Level3 were in a squabble about Netflix conveyance is an example sometimes brought up as a reason for net neutrality. In reality, what it shows is competitive struggles of competing adventures working to figure out how best to handle a particular customer need.

The lack of competition thing is where the speed issue is the hidden issue. There is all sorts of competition if maximum speed isn’t an issue. You can still purchase dial-up, for instance. It is only when you get to 5Mb/s that the competition leans out and that is rapidly succumbing to technological advances as both DSL and cell technologies improve to compete with the bandwidth heretofore offered only by cable.

As for the free speech thing – that ties in with the Wikileaks supporters’ ideologies. Net neutrality supporters should be more concerned about the U.N. efforts to censor I’net traffic that resulted from Wikileaks irresponsibility than from some I’net traffic carrier’s attempts to provide its customers a known quality of service.

Inhibiting any freedom has to come top down else there is always a sideways step. Promoting government I’net control in the guise of net neutrality eliminates any innovation that would bypass problems encountered in the services people seek by making it all illegal. If the pressure builds, then a black market forms. Let us hope it does not get to that.

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