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 @ 10:34am

    Re: Government regulation

    "Telcos sat on that technology for years, opting instead to charge more money for T-1 lines. The competitive market for broadband was created by people who wanted to do more. "

    Thus proving that Telco's can not be relied upon to play nice or fair. Also you are talking residential broadband when discussing penetration. The networks that Google , Yahoo, and most other big corp.'s run on are Telco. So where do you think QoS will occur? I expect something like this:
    Google router>>telco router w/QoS>>backbone.
    Comcast has already been hit for degrading VoIP, seems they aren't so altruistic. As have Cox and Adelphia, though those reports haven't been substantiated to a degree I would rely on too much.

    I am sorry, but it is amazing that just days before or after AT&T is re-incorporated, the head of SBC(not renamed quite yet) is talking about restrictions on their backbone.
    I also think that once 1 side realizes they can get away with it, the other will as well.

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