Solving nonexistent problems

It’s the net neutrality debate. Like human caused catastrophic climate change, the proponents are advocating massive government controls in order to prevent a problem that might occur in the future, maybe. For a bit about this nature of debate, see 3 things to know about the FCC’s net neutrality plan.

[FCC Chair] “Wheeler believes this principal of fairness, known as “net neutrality,” can be best protected by thrusting Internet service providers under some of the same rules that have applied to telephone companies for more than 80 years.”

“what if the major cable companies that provide much of the nation’s broadband had free rein to load some files faster than others? It is easy to imagine scenarios where these providers might favor content produced by their affiliates or start charging “tolls” to move data. Consumers naturally would gravitate toward faster sites and services that pay those fees, while smaller startups or nonprofits get shut out.”

“Unlike the 2010 rules that were struck down by the courts, Wheeler’s proposal doesn’t exempt wireless carriers from these open-access requirements. That’s important given that cellphones are becoming the primary way for many people to access the Internet.”

A primary stimulus for promoting net neutrality is that the greedy large corporation cable companies have a monopoly on providing end user I’net services. That basis is contradicted by the idea that the cell phone network is “becoming the primary way for many people to access the Internet.” The addition of the cell phone network was done because court cases failed without its inclusion.

Ask Radio Amateurs who tried to interface their equipment to the telephone network back forty years ago and have watched what happened to the telephone company under government regulations about what they witnessed. Ever wonder why the landline is now nearing extinction? 

The issue here isn’t “open access” but rather governmental control over service and pricing. That is an oxymoron.

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