Insecurity and Net Neutrality

Explaining economics of Internet neutrality seems largely futile, here we are not tackling a coherent argument, but more or less a form of inherent insecurity. It’s a curious obsession with outcomes, without any deep engagement with the underlying market principles which actually results in those very beneficial outcomes. In this infatuation with neutrality we are ending up employing … Continue reading “Insecurity and Net Neutrality”

A Malicious Campaign called #SaveTheInternet

(Co-Authored with Shreyas Bharadwaj) A small twitter poll conducted by @bwoyblunder revealed how confused people are about the current NN-Freebasics issue. Even otherwise, we are seeing people question, albeit reluctantly, the basis of NN which is prohibiting Facebook from offering a free stripped down version of the internet. People were not so ambivalent when the issue … Continue reading “A Malicious Campaign called #SaveTheInternet”

QoS and Net Neutrality

(Originally posted at Opinion Junction) Our attempt should never be about shaping specific market outcomes, instead we should constantly endeavour to enable entrepreneurial experimentation. Takshashila has submitted an interesting policy prescription, it explains an approach to the question of differential pricing for data services. Addresses several good points, including a recommendation for telecom licensing reform … Continue reading “QoS and Net Neutrality”

Demystifying spectrum

A large focus of the #NetNeutrality debate has supposedly been on the stated aim of keeping the Internet free from being monopolized by individual corporate entities or oligopolies. While this might seem to be a fairly noble aim on the face of it, in the #NetNeutrality context, this is one of the most idiotic flaws … Continue reading “Demystifying spectrum”

Is Internet public property?

There’s a lot of ignorance and obfuscation about Net Neutrality. Here’s an article that scatters the fog in an easily understood way: Net Neutrality: Toward a Stupid Internet One of the core Net Neutrality arguments -and on which most of the rest stand -is that Internet is public property. But is it? To grasp … Continue reading “Is Internet public property?”

#SaveTheInternet is wrong about #FreeBasics

Who doesn’t love the Internet? It is an amazing addition to our lives. The issue of Net Neutrality stirs up people, mostly those who have Internet access, because of the threat of change to the the way things are. The idea that you can’t just search for a term or randomly browse or watch some … Continue reading “#SaveTheInternet is wrong about #FreeBasics”

Quick Comments on Rahul Roushan’s “Dummy’s guide to Net Neutrality”

Rahul Roushan’s A Dummy’s guide to Net Neutrality does raise some understandable concerns. Though I’ve a fundamental issue with the article..i,e on spectrum being public property, since it needs considerable explanation, we’ll address it in another post later. But here’s a quick take to address those concerns “If you don’t want to pay a higher toll tax to … Continue reading “Quick Comments on Rahul Roushan’s “Dummy’s guide to Net Neutrality””

Net Neutralists are defending freedom and innovation but don’t get either

Net Neutralists say they are standing up for freedom and innovation -but, alas, they don’t get either. So in their misplaced crusade they’ll end up making both scarcer: Competition is creative; it explores and experiments with new ways of doing business, new products and innovative financing arrangements, new marketing techniques. Some will work; many will fail. But … Continue reading “Net Neutralists are defending freedom and innovation but don’t get either”

Net Neutrality- Road analogy isn’t a good one

The concept of Net Neutrality has been explained by activists using the analogy of roads. The explanation – Internet network is like a road, a utility and hence the operator shouldn’t indulge in discrimination against different types of users. The Net, like the roads, carries people to learning and businesses. Boycott #freebasics support #netneutrality — … Continue reading “Net Neutrality- Road analogy isn’t a good one”