Are Supporters Of Net Neutrality Really Just Supporters Of Music Piracy?

from the those-evil-net-neutrality-supporters dept

One of the big problems with the net neutrality debate is that both sides are prone to misleading and hyperbolic arguments. This applies to both the astroturfing groups, which are shills for the telcos, and the Save The Internet crowd, which also has a penchant for propaganda. The latest absurd argument comes from Sonia Arrison, who works for a telco-funded think tank, who claims that supporters of net neutrality are really just supporters of piracy because of their opposition to blocking P2P networks. This ignores the fact that blocking or slowing down these networks doesn't stop piracy. It also buys into the myth that there's a serious bandwidth crunch that can only be solved by things like traffic shaping, which net neutrality supporters tend to be opposed to. Still, Arrison saves up her ultimate canard for the end of the column when she says that supporters of "net neutrality theory" should be opposed to Apple's plan to sell DRM-free MP3s from EMI because Apple's use of price differentiation (unprotected tracks will sell at $1.29 as opposed to the normal $.99) is non-neutral. Of course, nothing at all about net neutrality would imply that different prices for different products should be illegal. All this example proves is that Arrison either doesn't understand net neutrality or is willfully trying to distort the concept.

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    Mitch, 19 Apr 2007 @ 12:44am

    Easily explained

    The comment by Sonia Arrison about how the price difference is a violation of net neutrality is probably a very well done bit of, well honestly BS. I'm sure some non-tech oriented news group(s) is going to pickup that quote and use it, those who aren't tech savvy or read websites like this are going to hear that, believe it and it's going to get them to lean more towards the side that wants to violate net neutrality. Or it's going to be fed to our Senators and Reps, with the exact same effect. It's intended to show those who support net neutrality as charlatans.
    That or she could just be a twit, I like conspiracy theories though so I'll stick with my original answer.

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