Network Neutrality - hardly neutral!
For an issue called 'network neutrality' it is amazing how the debate in both Europe and the US is so polarised! In Australia we seem to feel so immune from such global issues we are not even listing on any agenda for debate!
For the YES campaign in summary, the fight for network neutrality is the nobel fight for maintaining a 'democratic' Internet that is open to all and continues to stimulate innovation. The Internet is too important to be captured by corporate interests at the expense of citizens. Network Neutrally regulation intervention will prevent possible abuse of market power. What is interesting is that Google, Facebook, Microsoft all line up to solute this noble quest!
For the NO campaign in summary, the fight against network neutrality is that current regulatory models assuring adequate competition, transparency to prevent discrimination are tried methods of regulation that can and will be used if there is abuse of market power. They argue network neutrality regulation will chill network investment in broadband and stifle innovation! What is interesting is that Verizon, AT&T, Comcast all line up to solute to resist this assault!
Interestingly Netflix is playing both sides of the argument. Are they neutral?
My message is skeptical of 'corporate self interest' being aligned with 'citizen's interests' but that why we have Government isn't it?
Professor Reg Coutts