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Net 'Neutrality' for dummies?

by sbcmyrtle07 / June 28, 2006 1:28 AM PDT

I have a myspace account with about 19,000 friends in the Seattle Area. I like to talk about things going on locally, and things that I feel people need to know about (like inviting everyone to check out "An Inconvenient Truth")

Most of my friends don't really understand whats going on so they don't really care. I would love to make a post about "Net Neutrality" to help educate my friends. Does anyone know any good sites that explain and break it down for people to easily understand whats going on with Net Neutrality and the dangers if the Telcoms have their way.

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Balanced argument . . .
by frank1220 / June 28, 2006 2:41 AM PDT

One thing you might also want to do is present a few sites, to show more than just the dangers of the telcos. There are also dangers to regulation. The biggest cause for a lot of debate is that there isn't a perfect solution that will make everyone happy. So I'd recommend finding a few sites that work, and then letting people decide which (or neither) side they support.

Cheers, and good luck!

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Net neutrality is corporate welfare for dot-com billionaires
by cardsbb9 / June 28, 2006 4:25 AM PDT

Found at:

Experts speak out against 'Net neutrality'
UPI Correspondent

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Several experts weighed in against Net neutrality, calling it unnecessary regulation that hinders market forces at Tuesday's Wireless Communications Association International forum.

"Net neutrality is corporate welfare for dot-com billionaires," said Scott Cleland, founder and president of Precursor LLC and chairman of, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington.

Cleland said that Net-neutrality legislation would hinder broadband access providers' ability to offer more than one service.

"How does a new entrant succeed? You differentiate and you innovate," he said. "(Net neutrality) is saying you have to have the same price, and the same terms and conditions."


Hal Singer, president of Criterion Economics, said that preventing access providers from offering a tiered system is contrary to market economics.

"Let the market dictate what the price of priority delivery is," he said. He noted that most online services would not have any use for priority delivery, making it a moot issue to many companies.

In addition, Singer also said that a lot of the pro-Net neutrality talk is based on misconceptions about what access providers want to do.

"The debate suggests some anti-competitive motivation from access providers," he added. "Broadband access and broadband content are compliments, rather than substitutes."

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