June 18, 2006
Net Neutrality for the Little Guys
USA Today interviewed me and some other folks the other day. The article is here:
Internet Fast Lane Plan Worries Small Companies by Michelle Kessler.
Basically, it's that part of AT&T's and the other telco's new internet pricing plan, where they would charge the provider of the material to send their material through to subscribers, that is the problem.
As I've said before, we didn't make the internet to turn it back into cable tv.
Posted by Mary Hodder at June 18, 2006 11:46 PM
Your insight on this has been great. The really dumbfounding part about this is that instead of charging the consumer for the benefit of the data they want to access they are charging the producer of the content, i.e. the people who are making the end-user want to transfer the data through the pipes. Without the producer there would be no demand to move the data thru their precious bubble-funded cables.
This is outrageously interesting. Not to mention disturbing. In the wireless world, the telco's do just what is being proposed here... only more. Companies like Verizon actually regulate who is allowed to even view the mobile internet. If you dont have a deal, they can't access your site. So what happens to discovery then? As you mention here, it becomes much harder. The beauty of the internet, is that it's and expansive framework enabling all to use it. It reaches all. This is like putting toll booths on the road only for people driving Mercedes. God, I wish one day I'd be reminded that our society is democratic and not capitalist.
Thanks for the post.