Thursday, March 02, 2006

BellSouth, Vint Cerf debate 'Net neutrality

Bennett Ross, BellSouth's general counsel, was actually debating Net Neutrality, because, let's face it, the Tele-Barons don't know squat about the Internet. It is just one more vehicle to grab money to shore up it's failing revenue engine. How do you debate Net Neutrality? You either have it or you don't. The US economic engine could not withstand a burp in the e-commerce engine. Banks need Bill Pay to reduce churn. Terminal Services, Citrix, VPN, AS/400 - all these apps require low latency, which would be effected if we lose the way the Internet is currently running.
I had argued that letting Bells buy Internet Backbones would be a bad thing. What do they know about running a global IP network? Even the guys at AT&T, MCI and Sprint are still trying to figure it out.

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