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Routing Money, Not Packets

Routing Money, Not Packets, illustration

Credit: Mark McGinnis

There is an old conversation between two friends, a very prominent economist and Dave Clark (one of the foundational architects of the Internet) that is often recounted by Clark:a

Economist: "The Internet is about routing money. Routing packets is a side effect. You guys really screwed up with the money routing protocols."


Joel Malard

Vishal Misra concluding stance that "Network neutrality is the symptom; the real issue is lack of competition at the last mile," strikes me as odd.

I personally believe that free access to information is not just good for the market but that it is foremost a human right upon which our democratic institutions take their source and reason-d'etre. From that perspective Net Neutrality is a benefit whereas Competition at the Bottom is a feature and not vice-versa.

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