Will Net Neutrality Save the Internet?

Reason TV raises important questions: Is the problem real? Will regulation fix anything?

What concerns me the most is the unprecedented expansion of government authority over the internet (infrastructure and information). Politicians are eager to control (sorry, “improve”) it, and this will inevitably attract strategic lobbying efforts (favoring big business).
As other “consumer protection” regulations in the past, it will likely result in the opposite of the advertised effect and an escalation of intervention and corruption. Once the pump is primed, an endless stream of interventions is hard to stop or slow (even for Democracy 2.0 and other transparency enthusiasts).
It is difficult to gauge which regulation will have the most un-intended effects. The regulations will seem innocuous, well-meaning and incremental, especially at first, paving the way for more outrageous ones down the road.

Find a more detailed analysis in Net Neutrality, the FCC, WikiLeaks and the Future of Internet Freedom.



One Response to “Will Net Neutrality Save the Internet?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Some related news:<a href="http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/12/16/190238/The-French-Government-Can-Now-Censor-the-Internet">The french government can now censor the web</a><a href="http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/12/17/1258230/UN-Considering-Control-of-the-Internet">The UN is looking at internet regulation</a>Of course, there are other efforts: privacy, tracking opt-out, child protection (already legislated COPA Act in the US, LOPPSI in France), broader intellectual property (ACTA, HADOPI in France), …

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