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The Real Motive behind Opposition to Broadband Usage Pricing -- Part 13 Broadband Internet Pricing Freedom Series
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2012-11-14 20:49
Now we know the real reason why there has been such strong opposition by FreePress and other net neutrality proponents to the common sense economic notion of broadband usage pricing. The newly launched Open Wireless Movement now wants to turn everyone's home WiFi routers into interconnected, free, public-community, "open WiFi" hotspots.
FreePress explains it: "Imagine a world in which, neighborhood by neighborhood, people stop putting password locks on their Wi-Fi networks and instead share their Internet connections with their neighbors, giving everyone in their community access to a fast and open Internet."… "In addition, coalition members are working with open Internet advocates to push Internet service providers into becoming more, well, open to the idea of Wi-Fi sharing. This work includes getting ISPs to create less restrictive terms of service."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also explains it: "To take advantage of the Internet, people should not have to attempt to skirt restrictive Terms of Service to attempt to . And tethering would not be necessary if there were ubiquitous open wireless, so that anyone with a connection and power can with the neighborhood."
Why internet commons activists oppose broadband usage-based pricing and terms-of-service agreements is that those common sense business practices ensure that their broadband networks, users' broadband usage, and their broadband business model are based on sound and sustainable economics and business practices. In opposition to that, Internet commons activists imagine private infrastructure investment is, and should be, a free abundant good that somebody else always magically pays for.
While framed in the usual clever and deceptive language that these activists have mastered, at bottom the Open Wireless Movement is about trying to force private communications or media to become a public Internet commons, where use of infrastructure is free to the public like most roads (but not like usage-based electricity or water utilities), and where Government controls the network -- not private, business, or property interests.
The Open Wireless Movement opposes market-driven broadband usage-based pricing and private terms-of-service agreements because they apparently seek to:
While this Open Wireless "Movement" currently does not have any apparent corporate backing, it is noteworthy that this Open Wireless movement obviously dovetails exceptionally well with the goals and broadband commoditization efforts of:
Bottom line: Common sense usage-based pricing and private terms-of-service agreements are legitimate barriers to the Open Wireless Movement's scheme to create a wireless Internet commons subsidized by private broadband interests.
The other legitimate barrier to this latest commons scheme is the common sense of the average consumer that an "open" network of this kind is not going to be as private and secure as the activists represent -- no more than open doors and open windows with open curtains protect the privacy and security of homeowners.
Broadband Internet Pricing Freedom Series
Part 1: "Netflix' Glass House Temper Tantrum Over Broadband Usage Fees"
Part 2: "Netflix Uneconomics"
Part 3: "Debunking the Carping Over Broadband Usage-Pricing"
Part 4: "Is Netflix the AOL of Web Streaming?"
Part 5: "Consumer Groups Advocacy Hypocrisy"
Part 6: "Leaf Vision and Broadband Usage Caps"
Part 7: "Broadband Pricing is Naturally Evolving to Tiers"
Part 8: "Obsolete Analysis Will Doom DOJ's Antitrust Probe of Cable"
Part 9: "Video: Scott Cleland Discusses Netflix' DOJ Complaint"
Part 10: "SCOTUS Indecency Ruling's Effect of Net Neutrality"
Part 11: "U.S. Net Neutrality Movement in Retreat"
Part 12: "FCC Creates Abundant Uncertainty"