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Re: [Latest draft of Internet regulation bill]

  • From: Christian Kuhtz
  • Date: Sat Nov 12 20:13:37 2005


On Nov 12, 2005, at 8:03 PM, Tom Vest wrote:

On Nov 12, 2005, at 6:48 PM, Christopher L. Morrow wrote:

Are you suggesting a return to cost-based regulation? At one time airline
prices were regulated based on air mile distance.
No, I'm not, actually I think that the answer to my question was: "All
bits cost the same to push inside 'my' network" (where 'my' is really any
single entities network, and the cost is for that entity).
Is cost-based regulation so bad for critical, non-substitutable infrastructure? That's how the US market got flat-rate Internet access.
Are you trolling?

Cost-based regulation is pure evil. It creates a managed economy with short term benefit and long term pains, because over time the cost of goods should decrease as tooling improves. Yet, it doesn't because in a managed economy there are no or very few incentives to improve tooling and pass the results on to the consumer.

There's no reason why a free market can't produce the same result without gov't regulation. Tariffs are not good for consumers in the long run.

Flat rate's an inside joke anyway. People generally only consume x amount, even if you open the spigot all day long, every day. Flat rate pricing very much keeps that in mind. Figure out what x is, price accordingly and voila.

It's amazing how many people fall for simple marketing devices. But to see people proclaim we need more regulation to get some marketing product... There is no such thing as a free lunch.






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