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Bogus petition against Comcast's reasonable network management is a back door ploy to reinstate common carriage for broadband
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-11-02 08:15
The Moveon.org/FreePress petition to the FCC to declare Comcast's reasonable network management illegal, is a deceptive back-door scheme to reverse FCC deregulation of broadband as an information service and to (de facto) reinstate common carriage for broadband.
First, if managing out-of-control p2p traffic that is degrading and impairing the responsiveness and utility of the Internet for the many by the few is not "reasonable network management" then no network management is reasonable.
Second, if networks cannot manage their networks to deliver expected quality of service and consumer protection from the scourges of viruses, spam and other Internet threats to consumers, network owners cannot serve and protect their customers and business at the most basic level.
Third, if the FCC were to rule that networks could not engage in "reasonable network management" the ruling would render property ownership near meaningless, as the network owners would lose dominion over their property and would not have the ability to conduct normal commerce because the FCC took away their ability to offer a service that consumers demand and need.
Bottom line: This petition is a new low in the net neutrality movement. They are so blinded by their mission to establish the Internet as communal property, that they have lost total sight of what is "reasonable." Despite their views to the contrary, the Internet does not have infinite bandwidth and there are lots of problematic applications that require reasonable network management to protect and well serve consumers.