Net Neutrality Debate

Great hour long radio show on net neutrality from NPR’s The State of Things.  Me, the inimitable Paul Jones of iBiblio, and Ryan Radia of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  Frank Stasio is just a great interviewer.  Listen to it here I like the way the conversation started with the 4 freedoms (a wider definition of net neutrality than I would have used) and ranged through the following topics:  why should we care about net neutrality?  (Jones “explaining it to people is like explaining water to fish:  its what we’ve got” I would add, its like explaining water to fish when there is a drought coming.)   ISP market structure, the reasons for oligopoly, rights of way regulation, the DMCA’s effects on true innovation in handsets, the times when regulation is needed, and comparisons to financial regulation, the railway cartels, the East India company and more.

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1 Comment to Net Neutrality Debate

  1. I have been following the debate over net neutrality for years and I see one thing missing from the debate: what exactly is the role of the ISPs? Are they operating a private network or a public network?

    I explore the topic in the following post: http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/186-186/4184-net-neutrality-is-a-ruse

    The summary? ISPs are common carriers even if they aren’t classified as such by the FCC, they *act* like common carriers in their role. When questioned on the topic, ISPs don’t like to admit that, particularly if the other half of their business involves content. You know, like the cable companies.

    Once we start admitting that *anyone* who puts their private network for hire to ferry bits from the public network to their private customers is a common carrier, the rights and responsibilities of those involved becomes far more clear.

  2. Scott Dunn on January 19th, 2013

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