Episode 003: “Net Neutrality”
Hosts: Jon Nathanson, Ben Thompson
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination by Tim Wu link
“FCC Seeks a New Path on ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules” – New York Times link
“FCC’s New Net Neutrality Proposal Is Even Worse than You Think” – Slate link
00:05:30 INTERNET ACCESS AS A UTILITY
“Common Carrier” – Wikipedia link
“Public Utility” – Wikipedia link
Marc Andreesen on Net Neutrality “Because sewers and electricity are far more static markets than broadband. You don’t shit 10x as much every 3 yrs.” link
00:17:00 THE ECONOMIC REALITIES OF INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE
“Natural Monopoly” – Wikipedia link
“Economic Rent” – Wikipedia link
“Rent-Seeking” Wikipedia link
00:23:00 THE ROLE OF THE MARKET VS. THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT
“’Revolving Door’ Between ISPs and FCC Blamed for Net Neutrality Ills” – EWeek link
00:39:00 THE US VS. THE REST OF THE WORLD
00:44:12 LEGAL PRECEDENT: HOW DO WE CLASSIFY THE INTERNET?
00:55:15 THROTTLING, PAY-PER-USE, AND USER SELF-REGULATION
“Netflix and Net Neutrality” – Stratechery link
01:18:40 WHAT ABOUT GOOGLE FIBER?
“On the Future of Google, Part 1” – Asymco link
“On the Future of Google, Part 2” – Asymco link
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