Rational Thoughts On Network Neutrality

from the about-time dept

We've been pointing out the ridiculous editorials on network neutrality that get the basic facts wrong and ignore the real issue (the lack of competition), so we might as well point to the well written pieces on the topic as well. Former telco exec Tom Evslin writes out a nice balanced article that highlights the real issues (the lack of competition) while also noting why network neutrality is necessary -- and why trying to legislate network neutrality is difficult to impossible and could backfire as well. He, like us at Techdirt, feels that there's too many lies on both sides of this debate -- and its obscuring the real issues. So what will it take to move the discussion away from the minor issue of network neutrality, and back to the bigger issue of competition?

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    eb, 15 Jun 2006 @ 7:11am

    How Are We Going to Get Competition?

    And isn't some assurance of net neutrality needed in the interim? Without assured net neutrality, won't any competition using the telcos pipes be restricted to the "slow lane", thereby rendering it pretty ineffective in terms of competition? If anyone has a good idea about how we're going to get competition that doesn't use the telcos' pipes, aside from pie-in-the-sky wireless that won't be feasible for years, I wish they'd speak up.

    Face it, competition is going to be extremely hard if not impossible to bring about.

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