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    creative, but he still had to resort to the tollbooth metaphor to finalize his point.

    I think that the critical aspect of this debate is in the framing of the subject.

    If net neutrality supporters are going to protect a net neutral internet, the debate must be made into a discussion of access.

    The ISPs want to make the debate about delivery.

    I know that many people don't really believe in framing and think that it's simply dishonesty and slogans, but it most definitely is more than that and this delivery vs access discussion proves it...

    It goes like this...

    AT&T:
    "People want content. The internets (great vid trix!) are strained as it is. We've got too much traffic on the roads and the delivery of people's content is going to not happen because of these traffic jams. All we want to do is to be able to manage traffic so that we can deliver the content that the consumer needs and wants.

    Most of the traffic goes to big websites - google, yahoo, etc. These websites are taking up so much traffic that we should be able to charge them for the delivery of their product to the enduser. We must charge them, or everybody's content will slow down.

    All we're asking for is for them to pay their fair share of the delivery costs for the content that they distribute."

    John & Jane Q Public:
    "Well that sounds reasonable. They need to be able to deliver our content. Besides what would we do if we can't get content. I don't see anything wrong with asking the big boys to pay their share of the delivery costs of our content."

    K9Disc and other Net Neutrality supporters:
    "This is a question of access to information. The ISPs control the lines. They control the flow of traffic. What the ISPs are talking about doing is creating a fast lane for big media companies who are willing and able to pay, and a slow lane for the rest of us.

    The internet is not television. The internet allows every man access to any kind of information. We can publish what we want and we can look at what we want.

    Net neutrality protects the people's right to access whatever information they want. "

    John & Jane Q Public:
    "Nobody should be able to tell us what we can or cannot access. Screw them!"

    You can totally see how the debate shapes up from there.

    The argument must be framed in terms of access.

    If it is, the good guys win.

    If it's about delivery we lose.

    It's as simple as that.

    Sharing and Caring are for Commies! They should be illegal.

    by k9disc on Wed Apr 16, 2008 at 05:55:29 AM PDT

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