November 1, 2006 · Lessig
Slashdot picked up a great post by Broadband Reports about the “experts” who have banded together to oppose muni-wireless. The gaggle of concerned experts make their case on a page at the Reason Foundation. Broadband Reports makes the obvious and important point about self-interest (many of the signers have a stake in the outcome) and inconsistency (oppose regulation except for regulation that bans muni competition). My favorite part of the statement was this:
Rules governing Internet use and electronic commerce should result from private collective action, not government edict.
I know some of these guys, so I hope they don’t forget that their hatred of regulation notwithstanding, antitrust laws still firmly regulate “private collective action.”