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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  1. identicon
    ACustomer, 19 Apr 2007 @ 3:20am

    Techdirt loves spoons more than people

    1. Telcos want to bill third parties for access to their network.
    2. To do this they want to do traffic shaping.
    3. Traffic shaping can also be used to reduce some p2p usage.
    4. But you can't bill p2p users unless you can sue them to get their identity.
    5. Net neutrality laws don't prevent traffic shaping (or even porn filtering etc.) they prevent telcos *charging* a ransom to get access to their customers.
    6. So she's not making a valid argument against Net Neutrality LAWS just confusing traffic shaping with net neutrality.

    1. You drink soup with spoons
    2. Spoons are cutlery
    3. Knives are cutlery
    4. Knives can kill
    5. If you don't agree with my ban on spoons you are supporting killers.

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