Basically a Rap Battle
...except not as entertaining. Brian and I decided to go head-to-head-ish on a topic we have different opinions about. Brian probably won this one, but you can decide. If you do enjoy this though, shoot us an email with GIFs in it. – Calvin
I predict this is going to be a huge problem. I hope the large tech companies fight this irresponsible and idiotic proposal.
Here's why this grinds my gears: I think the whole Internet (and the same Internet) should be available to everyone that pays to access it. I realize that Mr. Pai thinks that I'll benefit from having more competition in a deregulated industry, but I don't trust those giant telecoms to actually do right by me. Sure, in theory there would be more competition but in reality, I don't foresee a ton of companies being able to construct the physical infrastructure needed to actually compete. I don't foresee having a "surf local" bumper sticker for my in-town, locally owned and operated ISP.
I think Google and Facebook have the financial firepower to take on the FCC on this issue and win if they want to, but I'm not sure they'll deem it important enough. They'll probably just build a way around it or start offering their own Internet services. Er, Google already started doing that. Yeah Google isn't gonna care at all. – Calvin
Name one thing in your life that you are glad is strictly regulated by the 1.4 million non-military government employees your taxes go to give jobs? So called "net neutrality" regulations were preemptively rolled out in 2015 to give those 1.4 million people more authority over what had been a free market economy that actually hadn't exhibited any of the horrible behaviors used as scare tactics by proponents of net neutrality.
All of the regulatory actions taken since net neutrality went to effect have actually been to prevent companies from offering you more... think T-Mobile's or MetroPCS' unlimited streaming plans which may not be allowed under NN. NN has limited pro-competitive, pro-consumer behavior and has not taken any substantive anti-competitive actions, primarily because a free market does a great job of limiting those things, as long as there is competition. But NN would regulate your internet as a monopoly system, like your utilities. How happy are you with the customer service and innovation you get from your utility provider? Regulating an industry like a monopoly historically LIMITS investments in infrastructure and innovation. And in fact in 2015 the US investment in internet infrastructure (the first year NN was in effect) DROPPED for the first time EVER that wasn't caused by an actual recession.
NN has been marketed as about a free internet but what it really is about is the big silicone valley incumbents not wanting to face competition for selling you as their product to advertisers from other sectors like ISP's and telecoms. And competition is the only thing that will benefit you in the long run. Get those 1.4 million regulators out of your living room, look beyond headline scare tactics from late night hosts with english degrees and gimmicks like we have seen from reddit (who has a ton to lose as one of those current incumbents selling you to their advertisers) and decide for yourself if you feel extreme regulation is required to squash one of the world's only completely open and accessible free markets.
Already a number of small fiber companies and municipal wifi entrepreneurs are being strangled just by the compliance costs of making those 1.4 million regulators happy. The only people excited about crippling regulation are the gigantic companies who are already at scale and have fully staffed legal departments. Two guys in their garage trying to come up with a kickass new internet service or company have a lawyer friend named Andy who will maybe write a letter for them in exchange for a bottle of Jack. Who wins out when 1.4 million regulators are trying to justify their existence?
Regulation strangles innovation and investment and should only be used when actual harm has been actually observed, not when maybe possibly it could maybe happen... and if it did a free market would stamp it out with a better offering. -Brian