Jenkins on Net Neutrality & Free Press Hypocrisy over Metering

by on September 23, 2009 · 9 comments

Holman Jenkins has a stinging editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal entitled, “Neutering the ‘Net,” which borrows a term that my friend Randy May coined long ago to describe what net neutrality regulation will ultimately accomplish. What I like best about the Jenkins essay was the way he exposed Free Press for their hypocrisy over metering as a possible alternative approach to network management, something I documented in this piece and this piece about their new-found love of Internet price controls.  Here’s how Jenkins puts it in his essay today:

The mask really slipped earlier this year when Time Warner Cable began experimenting with usage-based pricing to protect the average broadband customers from the 20% of users who create 80% of the traffic. A lobby called Free Press, the most extreme of the pro-net neutrality interests, went ballistic, calling metered pricing a “price-gouging scheme” and backing a bill in Congress to ban it.

Never mind that Free Press had previously argued just the opposite, saying usage-based pricing was a fairer way to deal with congestion than, say, by selectively slowing down file-sharing sites that gobble up disproportionate broadband capacity. Never mind, too, the irony that the net-neut campaign against the selective slowing of non-urgent traffic has left only differential pricing as a way to bring a modicum of efficiency to network usage.

Indeed.  Of course, we should expect nothing less from the neo-Marxist media reformistas as the UnFree Press.

  • MikeRT

    Metered usage is the only thing that will make ISPs actually not care what their users do. If users are paying for every GB they download and upload (separate charges, perhaps) then the ISP just sends them a bigger and bigger bill for whatever they're doing. It'll have the cash to build out new infrastructure and no incentive to penalize any services.

  • mwendy

    Relax, guys. They can have their cake, and eat it, too. The administration's new “innovation agenda” assures that. This is all part of the Big-Redistribution – confiscated property and compelled behavior. Might as well get used to it. That's what we're told America voted for last November.

  • mwendy

    Relax, guys. They can have their cake, and eat it, too. The administration's new “innovation agenda” assures that. This is all part of the Big-Redistribution – confiscated property and compelled behavior. Might as well get used to it. That's what we're told America voted for last November.

  • Pingback: no no hair removal 8800 argos

  • Pingback: devenir rentier

  • Pingback: porno izle

  • Pingback: Tao of badass reviews

  • Pingback: online football manager

  • Pingback: payday loans

Previous post:

Next post: