While not codified into law by the government until 2014 network neutrality was the underpinning of a gentlemen’s agreement at the start of the internet as a commercial venture after then Senator Al Gore helped write the legislation that took the military Darpa Net and Educations university network system into what would become the internet we know today. No provider of service would charge another service provide extra fees accept the basic usage costs of phone minutes, and connection access.
Those who beat a drum for deregulation while on the take from legacy big business don’t care about the issue of broadband monopolies. They have made this a buzzword 24 second news clip Right vs Left debate. Further showing the republican party dragging the worst performing and actually laziest congress in the history of the United States into a further international laughing-stock. So it is actually amazing that even with this fervor of Republican grand old party politics game playing it is now becoming politically feasible for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II status. Big business bought politicians, short of forcing government shutdowns, can’t do anything to stop it. Granted that is if the FCC does do anything though. Continue reading
Comcast Executive Vice President, David L. Cohen, has written a rather disingenuous editorial for The Philadelphia Inquirer insisting once again that offering gigabit speeds would be pointless. He states that because “most websites can’t deliver content as fast as current networks move, and most U.S. homes have routers that can’t support the speed already available to the home.” Wouldn’t it be nice to have the same level of reach that Mr. Cohen does with writing a long Op Ed like this? Continue reading
There is an interesting thing about having a legitimate 3rd party hard-line / cabled internet service provider, like back when DSL internet had at least 20 different options to choose from. It forces dramatic price and service competition and incentive to innovate faster and better services. With Google joining into the fray of the typically two-party ISP wired provider market of today, Google would seem just happy knowing it would break even or make only a tiny fraction of profit from its fiber internet, tv, and phone service. The goal of Google is not to make Google fiber a major profit wing it would seem from all account from their people. Yes it will provide you with internet access hundreds of times faster at a fraction of the rate other telecom provider are charging. But that leaves many supply side capitalists asking, “why?” Continue reading