Government Regulation of the Internet, Part II

A certainty once the Feds barge their way into screwing it up.  (An accurate, if not exact, depiction of the Kafka-esque experiences I had running a small business and trying to be verified as a Veteran-owned small business, incidentally.  A process not required of women or minority-owned small businesses.)   More gummint nincompoops without motive for profit, efficiency, or customer satisfaction, but WITH a political agenda, unfettered and unsupervised.     Because Verizon and Level 3 shouldn’t be trusted to run the internet efficiently.   But maybe we can have “electronic justice”.

H/T:  Brian P.

5 thoughts on “Government Regulation of the Internet, Part II”

  1. URR – They can’t be trusted to run the internet. They are abusing the monopoly that they have in the markets. Anytime a competitor tries to come into a market to compete with them they use leverage with local governments to make it impossible to compete. When the local municipalities try and bring in voter approved municipality utility based competition the big guys go to the state level to get it blocked. They are abusing their monopolies left and right to prevent competition and the big guys never go head to head with each other in a market.

    1. And your solution is to hand over to the Federal Government the regulatory powers nested in Title II. Do you always try and stop your car by pushing the accelerator?

    2. Hey man, he isn’t suggesting the solution you’re implying he is. When I read his response, it sounds like he’s trying to offer a third option at the local level, that way there isn’t a binary solution set of asshole cable/telcom provider and inefficient/speech monitoring government.

      I don’t trust either of the two parties mentioned above to get this right. I believe more competition is the solution, but there are significant barriers to entry for this market because of the machinations of the corporations’ rent-seeking behavior with government.

    3. If broadband internet is declared a public utility under Title II, that is exactly the eventuality.

  2. ISPs available to me include Verizon, AOL, and some satellite serviceS. The farmers down the road have the same choices. Not much of a monopoly.

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