This is a reprint of my comment 105 on NYTimes computing future article refuting Josh Hill’s comment 95.
I disagree with your monopoly argument.
1. A few years ago, cable modems and DSL service were the only decent speed connections, and they were competitive on price. Why aren’t cable and DSL still competitive? Last time I checked, they were.
2. In all cities with cell service, decent-speed web access is available thru wireless cards that receive a cell signal. I have this service, and am happy with it because I can receive pretty much anywhere.
3. Direct-TV offers web access at good speeds.
4. Even power companies are offering data services thru the electical outlets in some cities.
Therefore, metered service is a competitive decision that has nothing to do with Net Neutrality as long as the metering is the same for all types of data transfer. Any proposal to fix the price of unlimited web service is a dipshit egalitarian idea that has been shown, every time it is tried, to create shortages (in this case, network slowdowns). Egalitarians who try to equalize outcomes like net access are whiny altruists, loser-lickers who would rather punish the successful than reward them…they don’t recognize that the rising tide created by the successful having the best tools lifts all boats, and ultimately makes all technologies more accessible to the “downtrodden”. Conversely, loser-licker regulations like NN price fixing drag everybody down into the pigdung…”if not all can win, then I’ll make sure nobody wins!” May the altruists’ genitals rot in the pigdung they live in, so as not to breed more loser-lickers.
And Buildout requirements are totally socialistic in the context of true competition, which I believe we have. I suspect anyone who is arguing there is a web access monopoly in any mid-size city or larger is either deluded, or a propagandistic state-sucker with a sticky nude centerfold of Karl Marx under his or her pillow. May the state-suckers’ nuts be punched off by the Invisible Hand of capitalism, and their bloodlines die as their retarded collectivist whining is shunned by potential mates, who innately want to breed with someone who can stand on his/her own legs on the field of competition.
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