A Public Utility Internet – What a Sluggish Idea

by Mike Wendy on March 31, 2014

Many of the loudest Net Neutrality supporters believe that the Internet, and all those tremendous pipes that bring it to them, are the public’s.  And, as the FCC studies its Net Neutrality smackdown from January and how it wants to regulate the Internet going forward (note – it’s not a question of if it will, but rather how, ‘cuz it will regulate in some manner just to stay “relevant”), those free-loving, anti-property Net Neutrality supporters have begun anew to urge that the FCC basically confiscate the private property of ISPs (all 1,600 of them in the U.S.), and place that glob into involuntary servitude for Americans to be run essentially as publicly owned utilities.

You know, when I think of public utilities, innovation, growth, nimbleness, competitiveness – among many other adjectives which connote real responsiveness to marketplace demands – do not come to mind.

Rather, when I think of public utilities, this is what I ask myself:


Sure, slugs serve some ecosystem – one that’s slow, primordial, un-evolved.  If you think, however, that a government-controlled slug will somehow make your life and Internet “better,” you’ve got your head deep in a shell.

An Internet like that is unacceptable.  It is the exact opposite of real, sustainable progress.

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