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December 06, 2010


Clair Ridge

"Regulation" means having a cop on the beat so Comcast, AT&T and other conglomerates don't screw the public and stall innovation. And you can THANK the government for pouring millions of taxpayer dollars into creating the Internet in the first place - you see sometimes government "stimulus" actually works. The US Government built the Internet which has created enormous wealth and opportunity for many not just multi-national corporations. Those corporations now want to take control of the Internet but luckily the FCC is watching out for entrepreneurs and regular citizens who do not have lobbyists fighting for them as do giant corporations.


Eric, stop complaining as the criminals at the FCC gave away OUR free airwaves to iBiquity and Big Group Radio. Now, the NAB has you on video retorting your opposition to mandating FM in cell phones. Howdy Doody, Eric - LOL! What is is like to have Struble pull your strings, and lead you around by your doodads? You are a complete loser, Mr. Might Red!

Bob Bellin

Eric - you are often spot on, but here you couldn't be more wrong. The "market" won't sort anything out here, because the likelihood is for more consolidation, not less.

Verizon/Comcast and the rest want the right to turn the Internet into cable TV. They want to be able to slow down or block traffic from providers who don't want to pay their vig. They claim that without the freedom to pick and choose what we can access at what speeds, they won't be able to build out their networks. Fine with me.

Poll America and ask them if they would rather access whatever they want online at 8 megs down or whatever their ISP decides to they should have at 30 megs down and they will overwhelmingly choose the former. The markets will not sort this out - the vast majority have the same number of wired providers they did 12 years ago and many fewer wireless ones.

This should be decided by the public - what do THEY want the Internet to be. Then let the one or two providers in most markets figure out how to best monetize it. If they have to charge more to make money, so be it. The market will certainly sort that part out. FWIW, up til now, they have managed to increase speeds, cut or maintain prices and make increasingly more money on broadband.

Radio should be worried not about net neutrality but about new fees from cable monopolies that would make a 1% performance royalty look like a day at the beach.

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