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NYT net neutrality editorial is devoid of any rigor or intellectual balance
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-01-03 10:55
The New York Times obviously felt compelled to write a counter editorial to the Wall Street Journalâ€™s three recent blistering editorials against net neutrality.
The NYT apparently just dusted off their simplistic editorial of last year and updated it with a phone call to a person or two.
They are still rehashing the ignorant claim that broadband companies are trying to create a â€œtwo tiered Internet.â€? If the NYT had any awareness of this issue at all, they would know that argument is factually wrong and that informed NN proponents no longer try to make that silly and ignorant argument. The facts are that the Internet has long been multi-tiered. There is dial up Internet access tier and multiple speed/price tiers of broadband Internet access. The Internet backbone since its commercial inception has had three different tiers based on the reach of the peering network.
The editorial also trots out the nonsense that without net neutrality innovation would be threatened and small companies could not afford the fees and â€œthe next eBay or Google might never be born.â€? Hello? Is it the new policy of the NYT that the government should subsidize â€œgarageâ€? entrepreneurs Internet access bills? Does the NYT think really think any entrepreneur worth their salt canâ€™t afford or canâ€™t raise funding to pay $15-40 a month for broadband access?
The NYT editorial board has been sold a bill of goods without doing any thinking of their own. Why not truly protect democracy and get informed?