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Solomonizing The Internet
In a short debate some months ago, economist Tom Bozzo and I argued over competing plans to fix the Internet problem in the United States. Yesterday’s Gallup poll, which showed that, while high, the Internet’s reach inside the United States has stalled at 75%, is testament that something can be done to spread network connectivity, especially broadband. Information, as they say, wants to be free. I argued that information would be best emancipated by the then-Bush plan, which called for reducing corporate taxes and regulation in order to remove “governmental stumbling blocks in the way of the Ditch Witch.” The Democratic plan I criticized, which seems to hve gained little traction, essentially called for the federal government to act as Americans’ internet service provider.
Tom posts again on the subject today, imputing some serious potential evil to the Comcasts and Verizons of the world, and asking “whether anyone should trust business not to divide the ‘nets into a collection of feudal businesses, with their CEOs trying to play the Olsonian ‘stationary bandits.’”
That seems less likely than the problems that could arise from a future United States Internet Service. When government provides access to a flow of information—when one’s taxes keep the spigot running and one’s modem dials into Washington for each drink—there is always a case to be made, and a fair one, that This or That Must Be Restricted Because Not All Taxpayers Support It. One can imagine religious lobbyists successfully banning access to online poker sites. The ears of Comcast executives, meanwhile, are much deafer to such special interests. Or, at least, better at calculating the business cost of capitulating to special interests.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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