Comments on: Broadband wars II http://www.lessig.org/2002/12/broadband-wars-ii/ Blog, news, books Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:36:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Michael Jardeen http://www.lessig.org/2002/12/broadband-wars-ii/#comment-27132 Mon, 30 Dec 2002 16:00:45 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2002/12/broadband_wars_ii.html#comment-27132 Rob is correct in that MS and the Mouse are only interested in an open network because they are on the content end of the spectrum. The cable companies are interested in keeping their freedom to make as much money off this as possible (at least in their eyes).

In a rare moment of weakness I will for once agree with Microsoft and Disney. An open neutral carrier system is in the best interest of the public. It is for that reason, that I have strongly argued for years that the rules that apply to RBOC’s should also be applied to cable companies. They should be carriers, with the option to compete in the content delivery business.

If we do not make this policy, then we will be stuck in a broadband system that more resembles the pre-antitrust Bell System, then the advanced network we could have. I would go so far as to say that the government missed a wonderful opportunity with the Iridium network. The Feds could have bought it out from Motorola. Control of this would have given the US potential control over the only wireless broadband network spanning the globe. Consider of the implications that could of had!

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By: Karl Davis http://www.lessig.org/2002/12/broadband-wars-ii/#comment-27131 Fri, 27 Dec 2002 09:40:04 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2002/12/broadband_wars_ii.html#comment-27131 I’m sorry to sound trite. But, Rob, as long as you believe that there’s nothing you can do, you’re right. There certainly are other options�it�s simply your choice of convenience over convictions. I wholly agree with Aaron’s enthusiasm.

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By: Rob Woodard http://www.lessig.org/2002/12/broadband-wars-ii/#comment-27130 Tue, 24 Dec 2002 10:36:20 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2002/12/broadband_wars_ii.html#comment-27130 Did you expect any different position from the cable industry? The letter comes as no surprise. Neither do the positions of Microsoft and Disney. It all depends on whose corporate ox is gored, you see. You know all the arguments.

As I am a hostage of the cable companies (my only broadband choice is cable, despite living within range of a DSL-capable central office, because of the way my neighborhood is wired), I will be forced to abide by whatever backroom deal the cable companies and “content providers” eventually agree on. The electronic frontier is closing, as surely as barbed wire closed the Old West. There’s nothing I can do about it.

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By: Aaron Swartz http://www.lessig.org/2002/12/broadband-wars-ii/#comment-27129 Sun, 22 Dec 2002 16:44:13 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2002/12/broadband_wars_ii.html#comment-27129 Let’s take back the network for ourselves with wireless! Brewster Kahle seems willing to put up the money for the backbone connection; who will take up the fight?

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