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Eyes in their ankles: The congressional view of network neutrality

Scott Bradner | March 14, 2011
Why can't many members of Congress understand why a neutral Internet is important?

This is an inability to see the value riding over the 'Net, which is the same thing as having your eyes in your ankles pointing down so they can only see strips of asphalt and miss the cars and trucks riding on the asphalt. But the main problem may be that many of these people can only see "things." They see physical wires and cables but cannot see, so do not recognize, the non-physical traffic using those wires and supporting close to 20% of U.S. commerce. They focus on the jobs in the carriers installing the wires but ignore the vastly greater number of jobs created by those using the wires because they cannot see the communications flying by.

If you work at a company that uses the Internet to sell to customers or to buy from suppliers you should care about the net neutrality discussion.

Disclaimer: Harvard uses the 'Net a lot but, as far as I know, does not have ankles to house its eyes, or for that matter, eyes to be housed. So the above is my own guess about virtual blindness.


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