Friday, June 30, 2006

Why Net Neutrality Won't Win

I want the web to stay neutral, but my skepticism has everything to do with the one word politicans and shareholders care about: pipeline. Let's look at oil first. Obviously there are other energy alternatives: biodiesel, hydrogen, veggie oil, gorgonzola cheese, etc. But oil is a more stable market; moreover, gas guzzlers are faster than electric cars.

Similarly, AT&T and Comcast seem like stable investments. Investors are skeptical, however, about yet another bubble full of eager start-ups. With a web that crushes start-ups, more reliable investments open up, leading to a safer market - for shareholders. So the net neutrality debate inevitably hinges on Wall Street versus Main Street. Shareholders versus entrepeneurs. Investors versus inventors.



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