Saturday, September 04, 2010

Talking Business - Net Neutrality Talks Are a Struggle for What We Already Have - NYTimes.com

A timely reality check

So there we now stand. Net neutrality is in limbo because the public interest purists believe that any compromise is a sellout, and because the F.C.C. so badly shot itself in the foot by pursuing the Comcast case. It is difficult to see how we’re ever going to get net neutrality rules.

Then again, maybe the current snarl isn’t such a bad thing. “If everybody just walked away, the probability of anything bad happening is quite small,” said Mr. Moffett. I agree. Consumers have come to expect an open Internet, and companies will violate net neutrality at their peril. That is just the way the Internet has evolved.

But don’t spread that around, O.K.? With so many hours spent on this thing, who really wants to admit that it’s much ado about very little?

Talking Business - Net Neutrality Talks Are a Struggle for What We Already Have - NYTimes.com

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