How Journalists Think

The age of business models built on scarcity and on keeping your customers from doing what they want to do is over.

OK, sure, whatever. Tell it to Iran.

And yes, internet access is precisely the same as oil. Or gold, or pine-scented candles, or sirloins, or what have you. Supply and demand are still in effect. Those wires didn’t just grow out of the center of the earth and magically connect us all into one big commune. Someone earned a payched putting them there, and that means someone wrote that check. The contention that a Verizon or SBC or whomever is supposed to keep upgrading infrastructure with no compensation in order to support everybody else’s business plan (so-called “net neutrality”) is pure socialism. It’s sad that web hippies like Jarvis, profitiing from consultation and conferences at every turn of the Web2.0 wheel, ignore this VERY basic fact of life.

4 thoughts on “How Journalists Think

  1. I’m with you. Since the vast majority of consumers have a choice of more than 2 ISPs, it also stands to reason that the market will sort out any violations of the principles of net neutrality without big government’s help.

  2. It is great to hear from some capitalists on this issue, I was starting to think that I was the only one. Let the market sort out the details, not government.

  3. The free market, not the federal government should be determining what services are offered, and at what price, to prospective customers. The socialistic pleas for “equality” in the Internet are completely ignoring the market forces that made the Internet such a wide used tool. Let the Internet be regulated by the same market forces that every other good or service in our economy is regulated by.

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