Net Neutrality Is Marxist?

Michael Torrie torriem at
Fri Apr 9 18:58:38 MDT 2010

Barry Roberts wrote:
> <things I probably agree with>

A real problem with this debate (other than the fact that you
top-posted), is that the word "marxism" and the word "socialism" have
lost all meaning.  Basically anything that people don't agree with is
called "marxism," "socialism," or even "nazi" (or all three).  Makes for
really tiring political arguments.  We would be advised to drop these
words from our vocabulary as they have nothing to do with this
particular debate, or in fact any of the recent political debates.

> There is a lot of network management going on already, and I don't think I
> want the FCC meddling in it.  I certainly don't want my tax dollars wasted
> on universal broadband welfare as free press advocates.

Personally I don't have a problem with it.  If I'm already helping to
fund something with tax dollars (subsidizing fiber deployments, etc), I
certainly don't want to pay twice for something!  Also I do have a tiny
bit more control over the government than I do over arbitrary
corporations, given the fact that telecoms are essentially local monopolies.

A bit off-topic, but honestly I think the problem with a lot of
government-run organizations is not that they are inefficient (most
large private corporations are also inefficient), but that we demand
they act like a private, for-profit corporation, which is silly since
we're already paying for things.  For those that work at BYU it's a bit
like OIT.

> Net neutrality is great.  But I would prefer to see it encouraged by the
> market (even though it won't be anywhere near perfect) than
> technically-challenged bureaucrats.

Except that the market cannot regulate because it is not free.  When the
barrier to entry is close to zero and we're flooded with ISP choices in
Provo, then I'll believe that there is a free market.  Because
telecommunications by nature involves government-sanctioned
monopolies--there is only so much land to build towers on and
right-of-ways to run fiber along--then self regulation isn't going to work.

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