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by Mike Masnick


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Companies Reach 'Deal' On Net Neutrality... But What Does That Mean?

from the not-really-their-call,-is-it? dept

A few weeks back, we noted that a bunch of tech and broadband companies were back to "negotiating" around net neutrality, leading us to highlight Adam Smith's famous quote that "people of the same trade" seldom meet together except to create "a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices." Now comes the news that those involved -- including Verizon, AT&T, Skype, Microsoft, NCTA and "others" have "reached an agreement," which might be "stricter" than the Googrizon "framework," but which probably doesn't really apply to wireless networks.

I'm still at a loss as to how this actually matters. The companies can agree to whatever they want, and none of it makes a difference if Congress acts (or the courts say that the FCC is allowed to act). I guess the idea is to think that an "industry agreement" will stave off legislation, which perhaps might work for some time, but still reeks of collusion without consumer input or review.

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    Anti-CO SB 152, 1 Sep 2010 @ 7:19pm

    Why the Gov't?

    Why is it that the press keeps screaming for government intervention? What good is the government going to do for the Internet? What good has government done for the economy, social security, health care, etc? It is industry that built the Internet and the standards surrounding it. I have a greater trust of Microsoft, Google, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, et. al. defining net neutrality than Soros, Jessy Jackson, and the like influencing Obama, Reid, and Pelosi who know nothing about the Internet? If you think that Congress and the FCC are representing you then you are naive? Let Congress proceed and the Internet will turn into AOL. If anything the government needs to step out of the way and allow for more competition that will drive a free and open Internet.

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