I think of the debate over net neutrality as a fight over the rules of the game where the game is the delivery of information and entertainment. There are big corporations arguing all sides of the issue. All of them are happy to explain how the position they advocate will benefit the public. But nobody seems interested in discussing issues pertaining to the very bedrock on which the communication industry is based. That bedrock is the right of the way that providers use to place their cable through private and government property, and the right to keep others off specific bands of the public airwaves. I’m not advocating any particular change or position, mind you. I haven’t put any real thought into what is, at best an infinitesimally unlikely hypothetical question. But if rules are up for debate and can be changed, surely the uncompensated and often involuntary transfer of property rights from the public deserves some consideration. This is particularly true when the beneficiaries of said transfers used to be heavily regulated for the benefit of those from whom the property rights had been transferred.
Time for a bit of comic relief. (video below the fold) Julianna reporting on Net Neutrality. Remember when President Obama said the days of lobbyists setting the agenda was over?
I’m posting this here because this is about “markets”. It is about competition. It is about freedom. The free market competition of…wait for it…IDEAS. It is not corporations or products that compete they only represent the materialization of what truly is protected in this nation, of what is the singularity within the US Constitution: IDEAS. Everything, outside of nature its self is derived from ideas. I was taught this about economics in high school in the early 70’s. Was I taught incorrectly?
Here’s the thing about ideas competing. The business model is not the end all and be all for the means by which to determine their value, as some have worked so hard to have society and the world believe. That an idea can not be immediately or expediently monetized is not determinate of its worth to life and the reduction of the risks of living.
It is not just about the money.