Observations of an Internet Middleman (Level3) (was: RIP Network Neutrality

Barry Shein bzs at world.std.com
Mon May 12 17:05:28 UTC 2014

On May 12, 2014 at 15:02 nick at foobar.org (Nick Hilliard) wrote:
 > In the net neutrality debate, the last mile service providers are in a
 > position where they need to upgrade their access networks, but the end-user
 > pricing is not necessarily keeping pace.

You make a common error: That we the people should be concerned with
Comcast's (et al) business model over our own ability to obtain the
best service at the best price. That we should be so concerned that we
are willing to legislate and regulate against our own interests lest
Comcast et all suffer an economic injustice.

It's an interesting, albeit not uncommon, view of economic justice for
corporate entities.

We live in an economic advocacy society, not one driven primarily by
economic justice. The latter is generally called "charity" and charity
for huge corporations is, well, just that. Obviously one has every
right to advocate for corporate welfare but let's call it what it is.

        -Barry Shein

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