12/1/10

Virtual Communism



Finished with "fixing" health care, the government is now moving online. Starting out with good intentions, to save us from big evil companies, will turn to old fashioned government regulatory hell. A quote emailed to me from a technology expert: "You have people like me that are pros at making sure internet traffic is NOT handled the same, so that end-user experience is optimized. [Government regulations will] level the playing field, and these customizations are flushed down the toilet, along with technology like Cisco's content switches that are designed to handle traffic differently to optimize Quality of Service (QoS) ~ all into the shredder!

Think about what happened to AT&T's network when all those smart phones were added to it ~ massive bandwidth consumption when people started tethering devices, streaming live video, teleconferencing, etc. [AT&T's] net was not designed to handle it, and [their] scalability was wiped out. Now, take this example, and think about what's going to happen when 300 million people are on the internet."

As with health care... the same question begs answer. What has the government touched that's become more efficient and affordable without subsidy? The function of government is to ensure businesses aren't gaming the system, preserving open and near chaotic competition. This requires congress to know very little about the internet or any industry. Instead, stiff regulatory control requires congress to seek expert consultation, often coming from the very deep pocket companies we need protection from. Regulation will be written favoring business models of the consultants. Instead of big business, we get big business AND government. While both sides of the isle are guilty of this, one side's ideology leans toward getting out of the way more often thus becoming the lesser of two evils. There needs to be a return to true competition.

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