Mmm Video Dialtone for the Internet

by on March 6, 2006 · 2 comments

Here find my comments on the dangers of “net neutrality.” Who even remembers video dialtone? “Open video services.” And other similar regulatory ventures.

“Open” sounds awful democratic. But when it is a regulatory mandate it quickly devolves into something navigable only by an elite.

  • http://www.techdirt.com/ Mike Masnick

    So toss out the issue of network neutrality due to a single anecdotal failure of a system that had many, many reasons to fail that had little to do with stupid regulations? Yes, the video dialtone situation was bad. It was bad regulation — but taking an example of bad regulation and then assuming any other regulation would also be bad has problems.

    This just seems like a really weak argument. I am not necessarily in favor of net neutrality regulations, but for opposing them can we at least come up with better arguments that aren’t so flimsy and easy to shoot down?

    I can think of plenty of decent reasons on both sides of the fence concerning network neutrality, but a random anecdote (while, at the same time tossing aside the success of the internet as an “accident”) is really weak.

  • http://www.techdirt.com/ Mike Masnick

    So toss out the issue of network neutrality due to a single anecdotal failure of a system that had many, many reasons to fail that had little to do with stupid regulations? Yes, the video dialtone situation was bad. It was bad regulation — but taking an example of bad regulation and then assuming any other regulation would also be bad has problems.

    This just seems like a really weak argument. I am not necessarily in favor of net neutrality regulations, but for opposing them can we at least come up with better arguments that aren’t so flimsy and easy to shoot down?

    I can think of plenty of decent reasons on both sides of the fence concerning network neutrality, but a random anecdote (while, at the same time tossing aside the success of the internet as an “accident”) is really weak.

Previous post:

Next post: