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Re: Why I am Opposed to Net Neutrality

John L (
Thu, 17 Aug 2006 16:47:07 EDT

>> There is a perfectly good definition of net neutrality: everyone who
>> gets the same service pays the same price for it. ... [ particularly
>> the telco's own affiliates ]]

> Sorry, but in today's world, that kind of pricing is all part of the
> "free market". And a "free market" is what was desired when they took
> away regulation. If you don't like these kinds of pricing plans, you
> need to go back to a regulated world. You can't have it both ways.

This must be a new neocon definition of "free market". Selling
something below cost to drive out competitors in a competitive market
and making up the losses from your profits in a non-competitive market
is the very definition of a predatory monopoly. It's what led to the
original anti-trust laws being passed over a century ago.

> If the telcos price themselves too high, consumers will find
> alternatives, either a cheaper vendor or alternative technology.

I think you need to read up on natural monopolies. There's a reason
that nobody does cable system overbuilds, even though they're legal
throughout the country.



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