The (Non-Telcom) Argument Against A Neutral Net


In an about-face, tech writer Andrew Kantor argues that the neutral net — as fought for by main organizations he respects — is a bad idea that treats all data equally “from the slimiest spam to the highest-quality video. … You’ll hear that Net providers will put non-payers in an “Internet slow lane,” while only the folks who pay will get to go full speed ahead – as suggested by The New York Times. That’s one way of looking at it. But it’s more accurate to say that Net neutrality would prohibit companies from building fast lanes. In other words, it would force everyone into the slow lane.” Rules protecting legal data and ensuring the offer of the same services at the same price already exist. Anything more, he and some others contend, stifles the net.

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