Commentator Navarrow Wright left very enlightening remarks in a piece written for the Huffington Post on Monday. Too bad certain proponents of net neutrality continue to miss Mr. Wright’s point.
Proponents have turned the issue of market differentiation into discrimination against minorities. The Internet is like an airway or highway. The pathways that Internet access providers construct for the movement of traffic over their networks is finite.
To expand or scale up the capacity to move video, text, and voice, an Internet access provider should be allowed to make the economic decision of offering this choice to content providers: if you believe that, given the volume, bandwidth needs, and quality needs of your traffic that you should be moved to the head of the line, then you have the option of paying to avoid congestion.
Lord knows I made this choice many a morning driving along the Dulles Tollway to save ten minutes going to work. Content providers should also be allowed to make this choice when wanting to get high-quality video to their consumers.
Why ride with the rest of the herd when I, as a minority content provider, can choose to buy my own HOV lane? Why should I delay launching my website when I can partner with an Internet access provider to have my traffic move to the head of the line?
Mr. Wright’s position illuminates a value that net neutrality proponents purposefully overlook: net neutrality takes away choice. Taking away choice is un-American, anti-democratic, and uneconomic.