This cartoon is, unfortunately, spot on.
On the surface – Net Neutrality seems good, and fair, and American.
Then look at it from the Telecom’s perspective. They took the risk of putting in infrastructure. They spent billions laying copper, fiber optics and relay stations. Now the government is telling them how they can execute their business model to recoup their costs.
This really becomes a property rights issue. The telecoms are like the Rail barons of yesteryear. They are private companies creating these installations with the expectation of making a profit. If you take away their right to use their investment as they see fit – you will most likely see less investment and then we all lose.
The automobile and public roads broke the stranglehold that the railroads had on commercial freight. We should consider creating public communications channels if we want access for all and allow the businesses to continue to operate their for-profit activities.
May 06, 2022