Net Neutrality Is Marxist?

William Attwood wattwood at
Mon Apr 12 11:29:09 MDT 2010

If I come into a project and agree to the project plan, invest in it, work
to make it bigger, and eventually become a major player in the project, does
that give me the right to re-define the project scope as it best serves me
because I became good at the project as it was originally defined?

Comcast, et al., all knew how the internet was founded, they knew about the
view of net neutrality and having it remain an open network.

They chose to invest their money and resources into this project, with all
of this in mind.... Now because the project is growing in such a way as to
put more demand on them, instead of continuing to grow with it as they have,
they choose to limit what it can do and possibly turn it, politically, into
an additional resource of money, thereby limiting overall growth and
increasing their bottom line that, currently, they're unwilling to grow as
the public has demanded.

Sounds like Comcast, et al., have some serious vision issues for the public
and are too focused on money.


On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:24 AM, Daniel C. <dcrookston at> wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 8:02 AM, Robert Ridge <RRidge at>
> wrote:
> > It seems to me that this kind of behavior should be illegal.
> That's the dumbest thing I've heard so far today.  (Don't feel TOO bad
> - this is also the first email I read today.)
> Aside from the obvious problems of making this, and only this, illegal
> - which is difficult if not impossible - you're also saying that we
> should stomp on the ability of a network owner to provide "value
> added" services to their customers.  To you and I, the value added in
> this specific instance is less than zero, but it's possible that "this
> kind of behavior" (catching non-existent DNS requests and handling
> them intelligently) might in the future be used in a way that does
> benefit customers.  Unless, of course, it's illegal.
> On the other hand, lying to customers about what you're doing with
> their traffic (even if it was a simple misunderstanding on the part of
> a level 1 techie) might be worth thinking about a little more.
> -Dan
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Take care,
William Attwood
Idea Extraordinaire
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