Art Alexion on 6 Dec 2010 12:14:18 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Net Neutrality

On Monday, December 06, 2010 12:25:04 pm Doug Stewart wrote:
> And this is precisely the reason I don't want unaccountable
> bureaucrats in charge of what's judged "right" and "proper" on the
> Internet

Pre Internet, we had the concept of "common carrier".  If, like Bell 
Telephone, you were a common carrier, you couldn't interfere with the content 
you were carrying.  This was the price, as another poster put it, for having 
the public subsidize you and for being in the carrying other peoples' messages 
business.  Back then, a phone company with a direct line to your home or 
business was recognized as being different from a radio station, where the 
receiver has real options in the market.

The concept of Net Neutrality is really an extension of the common carrier 
primcipal to ISPs.

Art Alexion

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