It’s Everybody’s Net: Scare Tactics Mislead Consumers into Supporting Net Neutrality, According to NetCompetition.org

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The net neutrality fear-mongering by the e-commerce giants about censored content, dirt roads, etc. is unfounded and not supported by the evidence according to NetCompetition.org. “All this talk about consumers is a clever smokescreen by the e-commerce giants to distract people from what the net neutrality debate is really about,” suggests NETCompetition.org Chairman, Scott Cleland: “This isn’t about saving the Internet. It’s a classic corporate welfare scheme.”

According to http://www.NETCompetition.org Chairman, Scott Cleland, http://www.ItsOurNet.org, a coalition of companies including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, eBay and IAC, continues to cry “wolf” in hopes of scaring consumers into running to their rescue on net neutrality.

As part of his ongoing net neutrality commentary (http://www.netcompetition.org/docs/eforum), noted industry analyst Cleland identified a series of misleading claims, including: Moms won’t be able to protect their families; e-mail users won’t be able to keep in touch with family and friends, small businesses won’t be able to survive online, and churches won’t be able to get messages out to congregants. Cleland questions: “Where is the evidence for these slanderous accusations? How do they logically explain why companies would actually engage in such a nonsensical behavior?”

Network Neutrality Facts

According to NetCompetition.org, the evidence shows resoundingly that:

1) The market for Internet access is becoming increasingly competitive and that competition is creating more and more internet access options for consumers.

2) The current Internet transition from the “slow lane” of dial-up access to the “faster lane” of broadband access is resulting in many people getting the fast lane of broadband cheaper than they paid for the slow lane of dial-up.

3) Consumers are routinely willing to pay more for more Internet speed.

4) And contrary to the fact that people will be cut off the Net, competition is letting more people connect to the Internet at faster speeds than ever before.

“Net neutrality’s real goal is sounding more and more like a socialized Internet and less and less like the free and open Internet of today” says Cleland. He concludes, “Net neutrality isn’t about saving the Internet. It’s a naked attempt to get the government to protect companies with 80-90% gross profit margins from more competition.”

About NETCompetion.org

NETCompeition.org is an e-forum created to promote a rigorous debate on the merits of net neutrality legislation and regulation. NETCompetition.org is funded by a wide range of broadband telecom, cable, and wireless companies who believe the best way to guard a free and independent Internet is free and open competition, not more government control of the Internet. To learn more about NETCompeition.org and network neutrality visit: http://www.netcompetition.org.

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