Funny, The Telcos Weren't So Against Regulations When It Helped Them

from the hands-off-now? dept

It's getting somewhat annoying to see just how partisan the network neutrality debate has become, with both the telcos and the internet folks spinning the rhetoric in the debate well beyond the actual issues. Both sides are making statements that have little basis in reality, but it still seems like the claims from the telcos and their supporters that this is about "keeping regulatory hands off the internet" are the most silly. Remember, these are the telcos. They've benefited from billions of dollars in subsidies and regulations in their favor over the years -- regulations that granted them monopoly rights of way and helped them get rid of most of the competition. That, again, is the real issue. If there were true competition that would allow others to enter the market, then there wouldn't even be a debate about network neutrality, because no firm would realistically be able to break network neutrality without a serious backlash. So, the next time someone says this is all about keeping regulators away from the telcos, remind them that regulations built these telcos into the position they're in today -- and ask them if they're willing to trade in all the benefits they got from those other regulations?
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    Scott, 24 May 2006 @ 7:04am

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    Duopoly would be a better choice of wording, there are only 2 real backbones, cable and telco. Whether you have fiber, DSL, or EV-DO from a phone company, it is still the same backbone connecting you to everyone else. Opening the number of connection types offered does nothing to eliminate control.

    Broadband over power-line is still in trial phase in the US because of ham radio interfernce, which has potential repurcussion to public emergency response equipment.

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