Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tim Karr on "The Point of Net Neutrality": competition


Today, Saturday, September 29, 2007, The Washington Post, on print page A17, ran a “free for all” LTE “The Point of Net Neutrality,” by Timothy Karr, campaign director for Free Press (link: and the SavetheInternet coalition . He denies a claim by Steven Pearlstein (discussed on the Sept. 9 entry on this blog) that net neutrality means people pay the same regardless of how much bandwidth they use.

Instead, what he says net neutrality aims is a large number of companies offering competitive pricing, so that a few companies don’t have the quasi-monopolistic “gatekeeper” control of content by pricing strategies.

His “Save the Internet” website claims that on Sept. 27 2007 Verizon “rejected Naral Pro-Choice America efforts to use Verizon’s mobile text-message program to communicate to its membership. “Verizon Blocks Pro-Choice Text Messaging,” link. However, in a story by Adam Liptak, The New York Times reports that Verizon reversed itself. He also claims that AT&T censored a Pearl Jam webcast criticizing President Bush, “AT&T Gets Caught in its Own Spin Cycle,” here. .

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