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Level 3-Netflix Expose their Hidden Agenda
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-12-02 19:03
Level 3's bogus claim that longstanding Internet peering arrangements are now somehow a Comcast "toll booth" (at the very moment the FCC is proposing net neutrality rules), exposes the real hidden agenda behind many who claim to want net neutrality and an open Internet -- and that's the expectation of a free lunch.
Unlike the consensus around a net neutrality principle, which means no anti-competitive blocking of content or applications of a users' choosing, or no unreasonable discrimination, there is fierce controversy and opposition to unwarranted, unjustified and uneconomic Title II Internet regulation, where Government forces some to absorb the network costs legitimately created by others.
FreePress and the Open Internet Coalition are criticizing the FCC Chairman's proposed Title I approach as fake or not "real net neutrality."
Netflix is the quintessential example of this entitlement uneconomics view of the Title II Internet regulation crowd.
Look this Level 3/Netflix-Comcast dispute is really a PR/lobbying scam.
The free lunch crowd goes on to complain that the longstanding practice of people paying for the speed they get is somehow unfair or anticompetitive. That's economics, and it is what enables the Internet to work as wonderfully as it does 24-7.
The FreePress/Open Internet Coalition view of net neutrality is classic get something for nothing thinking.
Look, the Internet works because it is economic. What the free lunch net neutrality crowd wants is uneconomic and that doesn't work -- especially in a fragile economy not generating jobs.
FreePress and the Open Internet Coalition have shown their true colors here, they see net neutrality not as a protection from the potentiality of anti-competitive behavior, but as a smokescreen and political cover to force others to permanently subsidize costs they cause and should shoulder themselves.
The competitive broadband Internet works wonderfully, it does not need any fixing.