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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 02:13 PM
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The conservative case for Net neutrality
Hey there, conservatives: Net neutrality is your issue, too.

Innovation, economic growth, and the health of content providers are what's at stake as the FCC moves toward a new set of rules governing the Internet. Until now, much of the discussion about the future of the Internet has focused on issues like freedom of expression, fairness, and metered pricing -- real concerns, to be sure. But a pair of academic research papers circulated by the Open Internet Coalition puts the issue in economic perspective.

Here's the core of the argument, in a paper by Inimai M. Chettiar and J. Scott Holladay of New York University's Institute for Policy Integrity:

Without Net neutrality rules, new technologies could lead to pricing practices that transfer wealth from content providers to ISPs, a form of price discrimination that would reduce the return on investment for Internet content -- meaning Web site owners, bloggers, newspapers, and businesses would have less incentive to expand their sites and applications.

What's more, developers and IT as a whole will be hurt if providers are allowed to discriminate against particular applications that might make money for someone else.

The Net neutrality issue is sometimes framed by the usual left/right split in American public life. But I'd argue that conservatives who believe in a free market should join libertarians -- and, yes, liberals -- in the fight for an open Net.
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http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/the-co...
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:40 PM
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1. K&R
This is a VITAL issue. We don't want to end up with internet content being provided by a few multinational corporations. This is infrastructure and needs to be equally available to all.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 04:23 PM
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2. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, Renew Deal.
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