Net Neutrality: 5/5 - My Opinion

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This is the final of a five part article on Net Neutrality. Previous Article: Part 4: The Scenarios

 

My Take: Thank God for America. We live in a country where we are allowed to succeed. You used to be allowed to fail and set an example for the next guy, but now if you can't succeed, you are simply allowed to just suck. Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of big government. I never liked having to do anything because the government said so.

 

In my opinion, if the operators are allowed to monopolize the Internet, it will be like you were in the middle of a shower and suddenly ran out of hot water. The vast majority of consumers and businesses will use the Internet less frequently which will stifle innovation.

 

In my opinion, the Internet has always been open, you could always connect to any system on the Internet that you want to and transmit or receive whatever traffic that you want to. I also believe that no one should manipulate the traffic or the underlying data for the benefit or the detriment of another.

 

Two important caveats to this, and I think just plain common sense dictates:

 

  1. The traffic does not intentionally harm any other system

  2. The traffic is not illegal (this is a very different argument from Net Neutrality)

 

I also firmly believe that operators should be able to create classes of service based on the protocol and media involved that runs over their own network. This could give real time applications like voice and video priority over less time constrained applications such as email. As long as their own content follows the same constraints, and no content is blocked altogether.

 

Is the Internet free? No, I don't think anyone in their right mind is saying that it should be. I pay every month for the privilege of connecting to the Internet, and I'm happy to do so. Should everyone have access? I believe so, but you have to understand that it is a business. No company in their right mind would run a water main 100 miles out into the countryside to serve a single house, it's not feasible.

 

 

Mark Norton

TelStrong Business Communications

 

Older Posts from this series:

Part 1: The Players

Part 2: The Issues

Part 3: Legislation

Part 4: The Scenarios

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 15:32  

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