Readers Weigh In on Net Neutrality Investment Debates
Arguments are heating up over how net neutrality rules could impact investment in networks and other technologies. In e-mails and in comments on this blog, readers are sounding off. (Love the e-mails, but would to see those lively insights put out there as comments for everyone to see.) Here's a sampling of what readers have to say:
"Empiricist1," cites Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's opinion in the 1999 AT&T Corp. v Iowa Utilites Board case. Forced sharing, which Empiricist associates with net neutrality, "may diminish the original owner’s incentive to keep up or to improve the property by depriving the owner of the fruits of value-creating investment, research, or labor."
Reader "Ancaeus," meanwhile calls the investment debate a red herring. "The argument seems to be that net neutrality (i.e. regulation) will discourage investment. Well, let's consider an analogous situation: the electric power transmission and distribution networks. These are widely acknowledged to be in very sorry condition. They are deregulated, and have been so for about 15 years. There is close to zero investment in this infrastructure, and nearly zero spent on R&D by industry."
October 13, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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