Telecom Doublespeak, Network Neutrality And Rewriting The Rules

from the it-all-comes-together dept

As we've hit the 10th year mark on the Telecom Act of 1996 and people are finally realizing it's time for a rewrite, it seems that rather than serious discussions about what needs to be done, we're getting spin and doubletalk from paid shills -- paid for by telcos who are trying to claim that this is about "choice." That's rather amusing, because the point that others are making is that the whole reason this is a problem is because there is no real choice, in that the telcos have been able to cut out all of the real competition -- even in cases where they got all sorts of government assistance in exchange for promises to keep the competition around. It appears, however, that the paid shills have successfully convinced FCC chief Kevin Martin (apparently the way to his heart is to sing him Happy Birthday). He's now been quoted, once again, as saying that there's no reason to worry about network neutrality because there's no evidence that the telcos are doing anything. Apparently, he hasn't been listening to Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth, who haven't missed an opportunity in the past few months to say very publicly that they're doing everything they can to end network neutrality on their networks.
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    Chris, 9 Feb 2006 @ 10:08am

    Do you blame the Baby Bells?

    "Apparently, he hasn't been listening to Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth, who haven't missed an opportunity in the past few months to say very publicly that they're doing everything they can to end network neutrality on their networks."
    Do you blame these companies for trying to protect their investment? Really, the Telecom act of 1996 may have made consumers happy, but it was pretty destructive to the Baby Bells.
    Think about it like this, You spend 40 years getting your website super popular, you get your RSS Subscriptions up to 20,000+ and then the government steps in and tells you that you have to let xyzwebsite.com post their stories on your page as well, for a wholesale price. Did xyzwebsite.com spend countless hours and dollars developing the 20,000 subscriber base and following? No. But they get to use use audience now. We could get into the red tape behind the scenes that claim the Baby Bells are getting million and millions from the US Goverment, but I won't. hehe
    PS. TechDirt, this was not a slam on the story. Just sharing.

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