The End Of Net Neutrality is the End of Innovation
As a policy, Silicon Valley Research Blog does not comment on political issues but we need to break this rule today. The court decision on net neutraility today in our opinion is a devastating blow to American innovation. At at time when we need innovators to start companies and create jobs, our judicial system has chosen to hamstring our competitive advantage.
A review of the press this morning, indicates a mild reaction overall with consumers being assured it will not affect how they consume and pay for services in the short term. This is misguided however. For-profit companies are just that-they seek to maximize their profits; nothing wrong with that. Its their charter. However, to believe that they will somehow self regulate is a fallacy. That's what the finanicial regualtors thought about Wall Street and look at the mess that got us into.
We find Verizon basing their arguments on the first amendment specious. If anything, net neutraility protects first amendment rights by not letting carriers decide to unilaterally block certain content.
New business models will emerge, no doubt, to maximize revenue. The concept of "common carrier" with transperancy and open road rules will no longer apply. When will our lawmarkers and judiciary learn that opacity over transperancy is never a good thing?
For the start-up clients we work with at Silicon Valley Research Group this is indeed a blow. We have always believed that there has never been a better time to start an internet company. TILL NOW THAT IS!
This story is bigger than the attention the media has given it.n For a good overview of what this means, see: