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Thursday, March 12, 2015

What if there had been Obamanet instead of the open Internet?

What if at the beginning of the Web, Washington had opted for Obamanet instead of the open Internet? Yellow Pages publishers could have invoked “harm” and “unjust and unreasonable” competition from online telephone directories. This could have strangled Alta Vista and Excite, the early leaders in search, and relegated Google to a Stanford student project. Newspapers could have lobbied against Craigslist for depriving them of classified advertising. Encyclopedia Britannica could have lobbied against Wikipedia. (L. Gordon Crovitz, "Liberals Mugged by Obamanet", Wall Street Journal, Mar 1, 2015)
"Internet is not broken. There is no problem for the government to solve." ("Oral Dissenting Statement of Commissioner Ajit Pai", Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28.)

'So called net neutrality rules are designed to solve a non-existent problem and threaten to restrict consumer choice, Hazlett tells Reason's Nick Gillespie. "The travesty is there's already a regulatory scheme [to address anti-competitive behavior]—it's called antitrust law." '

Net Neutrality

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