Refocusing The Network Neutrality Debate
from the thinking-forward dept
Robert Cringely has decided to weigh in on the network neutrality debate, and makes some decent points -- though, is a bit too self-serving in claiming that no one but he is discussing the type of solution he proposes. What he actually did was modify the argument that others were using to make it sound different from his own solution (even though it really isn't), and then complaining that no one is saying what he's saying. The key point, though, is that the arguments for why the broadband providers claim they need to end network neutrality are bogus -- and it's time to call their bluff. The problems they're claiming are all fixable via technology (though, not necessarily the technology from Cringely's friends at Burst.com, which is what he suggests). And, if the telcos really think they're going to go out of business by continuing to offer the internet as is, then let's see it happen. The internet won't die if those companies go out of business, so why should we protect the business models of a few companies who can't see far enough ahead to make their business models work in a space where there's tremendous opportunity?