Net Neutrality

  • June 9, 2006
  • Brian Tarricone

I'm not the first to write about this, but there's an excellent article over at the Washington Post advocating network neutrality, written by Lawrence Lessig.

I kinda go back and forth on this issue. I'm not really sure that net neutrality needs to be codified into law. We certainly have enough ridiculous regulations on the books, and I don't think this one's a great idea. The market really does tend to sort itself out eventually.

What I don't want to see is legislation specifically authorising different types of a tiered Internet. Then again, why would you really need this legislation? In the absence of legislation banning tiered service, can't the ISPs and backbone operators do whatever they want? (Unless there's some Random Telecom Act that currently prohibits this.)

Anyway, it's nice to see a piece like this in one of the nation's most popular newspapers. It just shows that technology rights issues are finally moving into the mainstream, where I think they belong.