I'm a fan of big business and I'm not much of a doomsday theorist; however, Net Neutrality is huge to me personally. My entire life and ability to support my children relies on my work's ability to use the Internet, my ability to use the Internet… and it's quickly becoming my childrens' as well. Dicing up the Internet with fast and slow lanes doesn't provide choice, it will truly just bury the slow lanes. That means that our ability, as bloggers and small business entrepreneurs, will disappear.
I believe that will result in less economic growth and will ultimately hurt our economy and, in turn, tax revenue. That's a pretty scary scenario and will change the balance of wealth and power that the Internet brings to the small voice – and put it back in the hands of those with money – just as it happened with newspapers, music, radio, and television.
You really shouldn't work on fixing things that not only aren't broken… but are changing the world we live in and opening new economies and businesses every second of the day.
There is some irony here as well. Businesses such as Akamai already help businesses to ‘speed up' their content delivery on the net:
The Akamai EdgePlatform comprises 20,000 servers deployed in 71 countries that continually monitor the Internet ? traffic, trouble spots and overall conditions. We use that information to intelligently optimize routes and replicate content for faster, more reliable delivery. As Akamai handles 20% of total Internet traffic today, our view of the Internet is the most comprehensive and dynamic collected anywhere.
We recently began using Akamai at our work and it's been double-digit improvements in our application's response around the world… in some places up to 80%. This is, of course, technology that is not affordable to small businesses; however, it's a business in and of itself. So not only do we not need these new ‘fast lanes', we already have solutions that assist big business in faster content delivery. So why are we still talking about this?
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