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Sidewalk Neutrality

Bob Frankston has an extended and brilliant piece that wonders what strolling on a sidewalk would be like if it were managed with the same logic the telcos use to justify Net discrimination. [Tags: ]

8 Responses to “Sidewalk Neutrality”

  1. Thanks for the link. great one.

  2. Until I read this I thought Frankston was kinda smart:

    He asked how one can meter the exchange of bits — they aren’t real so how could you track them and bill for them. You can’t just look at a bit and ask it how valuable it is. It’s as if he charged me for looking at the signs across the street. After all, he’ll make enough money when I walk to the stores and even more when I come back with valuable purchases.

    No longer.

  3. Richard, I liked these bits:

    “He said he understood charging for something real like a stroll but charging for bits? That’s like charging me to use the number 7? How would you even do that? Why would you want to? Next they’ll charge me to look at trees by allocating the spectrum — someone is sure to bid on the frequency for green.”

  4. Bits are free, and they always will be. But packets cost money, as do routers, cables, network administrators, and software.

    Unless we can convince the Easter Bunny to build us a nice broadband network, of course.

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  6. Good column, but Lennon/McCarney had the idea first (Revolver, 1966):

    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.
    ‘Cos I’m the Taxman,
    Yeah, I’m the Taxman.

  7. of course: McCartney

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