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Harold Feld responds to Richard Bennett

Here’s Harold’s response to Richard Bennett’s thorough-going critique of Net neutrality and the end-to-end principle it seeks to preserve. An excerpt:

Bennet’s essential argument, if I grasp it correctly, is that certain difficulties most agree are substantial problems would be far easier to solve if we gave the network operators greater freedom to manipulate traffic. While possibly true in the abstract, I am much less convinced it will play out that way in reality.

I am very interested in this debate and will likely post more pointers. My overall concern is the misalignment between the access providers’ interests — they are financially structured to want to sell us content — and our interest in preserving a Net as open to innovation and ideas as we can. I look forward to the discussion among those (like Richard and Harold) who know much much more about this than I do.

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