- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Ordinarily, I’d be fine reaching an intellectual conclusion solely on the basis that if Moby and Michael Stipe are Moby_Musicians_Join_Net_Neutrality_Fight/1148064939</a”>against it, I’m for it.

Yet I’ve gotta admit I knew next to nothing about the budding controversy over Internet “neutrality.” The rub of the issue is whether telecom companies like Verizon should be permitted to create a sort of tiered system of web delivery — that is, drive traffic to favored sites by charging content providers extra for faster access. The worry is that small, underfunded websites will get devoured by the big corporate-backed dogs.

Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias and libertarian Julian Sanchez mull it over here. For the time being, I’m with Sanchez.

Every technological frontier must eventually be tamed, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with having first-class and coach: Ultimately everyone reaches the same place. And, contrary to what Moby co., the web is far from the “egalitarian” place they claim it is today. As Sanchez says, companies like Akamai are already helping create tiers of web access.

Let’s see what the marketplace yields before we preemptively declare that the Internet needs “saving.”

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