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Check out this great new analogy for why net neutrality is so off-base -- "food-neutrality"
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2006-11-03 13:25
Every now an then someone comes up with a new great analogy that really helps us get to the heart of a matter. Canadian Mark Goldberg's telecom trends blog really hit the nail on the head in this post.Ã‚
Let's go right to his analogy:
Before I worked at Videotron, I was in the food business Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we were a 'content producer' in the parlance of today's communications business. To reach our customers, we dealt with a distribution channel, in our case, grocery stores.
This analogy gets right to the heart of the "Socialized-Internet" ethos that I have so long railed against on this blog. Somehow many people think that the Internet is different from the real world and that it is not a commercial medium. Net neutrality proponents conveniently forget that the U.S. Government commercialized/privatized the Internet in 1995, which was precisely the time when the Internet became the phenomenon that it is. Net neutrality proponents love to rewrite history and say that the "free and open Internet" had nothing to do with market forces and competition -- but only the first amendment of the Internet net neutrality nondiscrimination principle. What kind of blinders do they wear that they can't see what is in plain sight?
Doesn't every website or content provider who wants to show high up on Internet searches, pay Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and IAC/ask.com for the privledge of that product placement?