Re: Internet partitioning event regulations (was: RE: Sending vs requesting. Was: Re: Sprint / Cogent)

From: Wayne E. Bouchard (no email)
Date: Wed Nov 05 2008 - 13:41:47 EST

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    On Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 11:59:09AM -0500, Lamar Owen wrote:
    > You're very welcome. My previous career was as a broadcast chief operator. Knowing 47 CFR Parts 1, 2, 73, 74, and 101 was part of that job (and a part I do not miss). Radio (both amateur and professional) used to be, prior to the late 1920's, an unregulated free-for-all similar to the current state of the Internet; but that proved to be unworkable, eventually producing the Communications Act of 1934, which established the Federal Communications Commission with real authority to regulate radio.

    Yeah, and we're all just thrilled at how the FCC has conducted itself
    over the past 20 years, aren't we? (Speaking as one who grew around
    the technical side of broadcasting.) :-/

    I'm undecided wether such regulation is a good thing or not. I agree
    that the current state of affairs is ultimately unworkable but
    government's role is to provide necessary restraints to protect the
    ability of new competitors to enter into the market place and to
    enable fair competition, not to regulate for the sake of
    regulating. With yesterday's results, I do not believe this is quite
    the right time to be persuing such actions since there is now a
    worrisome imbalance in the system. See, thing is, if "tier 1" becomes
    regulated, "tier 2" will almost certainly follow. Probably much more
    open, but regulation will still follow. (Open doors are hard to
    close.)

    When you get right down to it, this discussion really sounds like
    a request for something along the lines of Telecom '96. Not sure I
    like that thought or not. I'm still undecided as to wether that was a
    good or a bad thing but leaning towards good.

    -Wayne

    ---
    Wayne Bouchard
    Network Dude
    http://www.typo.org/~web/
    

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