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Re: [Latest draft of Internet regulation bill]
On Sun, 13 Nov 2005, Sean Donelan wrote: > On Sat, 12 Nov 2005, Christopher L. Morrow wrote: > > Yep. The evil empires have a hundred years of experience dealing with > regulation. If the regulators define what the Internet is or isn't, > instead of the marketplace, I don't know if people would recognize it > anymore. Common carriers can have lots of regulations, but most of the > regulations just end up shielding the carrier from liability. They can > just say the government makes us do it, even though the tariff was > written by the company itself, and pass along the extra costs to > the consumer. AT&T was very dull, but profitable essentially the entire > time it was heavily regulated. What color should Princess telephones be > this year? > > Don't throw me in the briar patch :-) I won't but blaine might :) Seriously though, phew! we were agreeing all this time! :) > > The marketplace is messy. Regulation is seductive because it appears to > be cleaner. > Cleaner... for who exactly? The miles of code required to figure out the mess created by the regulations? the consumers? ugh :( That's the deception we need to dispell.