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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:
Are you trolling?
On Nov 12, 2005, at 6:48 PM, Christopher L. Morrow wrote:
Is cost-based regulation so bad for critical, non-substitutable
infrastructure? That's how the US market got flat-rate Internet
Are you suggesting a return to cost-based regulation? At one
No, I'm not, actually I think that the answer to my question was:
prices were regulated based on air mile distance.
bits cost the same to push inside 'my' network" (where 'my' is
single entities network, and the cost is for that entity).
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
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.