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 that one has to know what Internet is-

What Is the Internet?

Most of the code involved in [protocols to connect computers] is “open source,” meaning that the individuals and companies that created it have released it into the public domain..In this respect the Internet is free; the coding languages and communications protocols that make the Internet possible belong to no one and are therefore available for free use by anyone who has the requisite physical means—the computers and the data transmission lines that connect the computers to each other.

But these physical means are not free. The specialized computers (servers) that a Web content provider, such as Google, uses to make its content available on the Web must be purchased and maintained by that content provider, and are therefore its rightful property. The computer that a Web surfer uses to access websites such as Google and to check his email must be purchased and maintained by him (or by his parents, a school, an employer, etc.) and is therefore his (or someone’s) private property.

Likewise, the cabling, computers, satellites, wireless transmitters, and other equipment used by an Internet service provider (ISP) to connect Web surfers to online content is purchased and maintained by that provider and is therefore its rightful property. By providing the requisite data transmission lines, ISPs make the Internet possible. By expanding and improving their infrastructure, ISPs improve the online experience of their customers: Internet users who once suffered incredibly slow dial-up data transmission rates of 300 bits/second now enjoy DSL and cable speeds of 2.3 million bits/second—thanks to ISPs investing in their infrastructure.


To summarize-

the Internet comprises two types of things: public domain ideas, such as the TCP/IP protocol and HTML coding language; and private property, such as personal computers, servers, and fiber optic cable.


So is Internet public property? –

The Nature of Net Neutrality

Plainly stated, net neutrality is the idea that the Internet is “public property”; thus, the government must ensure that online content is delivered in a “neutral,” non-preferential fashion.

But delivered by whom? To hold that the Internet is a “commons” or “public property” is to evade its actual nature; the Internet is a network of privately owned personal computers, servers, and cable. Ignoring this fact and pretending to themselves that the Internet is “public property,” proponents of net neutrality seek government control over private property -specifically that of Internet service providers.


This then is the essence of Net Neutrality-

In essence, beneath their calls to preserve “economic innovation” and “free speech online,” net neutrality proponents advocate government control of the privately owned infrastructure that makes the Internet possible.

So would you say it is fair to call Net Neutrality not Internet Freedom but Internet Socialism?

Do, do read it all -you will find it very illuminating.

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