Monday, November 17, 2014

The Franken-dote

If you have the hour and 45 minutes to spare, and would like to know what's wrong with Senator Al Franken's history of You Tube, as related to Candy Crowley on CNN yesterday;
Before YouTube, there was this thing called Google Video that Google had. And it wasn't very good. The guys who started YouTube, there were three guys over a pizzeria in San Mateo, California. They created a superior product, YouTube. And it traveled at the same speed as Google Video and people liked YouTube better.
So YouTube won, because it was better. And a few years later, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion. OK, so this was three guys above a pizzeria.
Facebook was started in a dorm room in - at - at a college. We want - that's the innovation that we have seen in - on the Internet since the very beginning. It's always been - net neutrality has always been there.
click on the video of Professor Thomas Hazlett at the top of this post. You'll see that 'net neutrality' has not always been there. That You Tube won without 'net neutrality'. If you don't have the time, consider this from the CNN transcript, where Candy Crowley asks Franken about Sen. Ted Cruz's Op-ed belittling 'net neutrality';
CROWLEY: "Net neutrality is ObamaCare for the Internet. It would put the government in charge of determining Internet prices - prices, terms of service, and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities and higher prices. Government regulated utilities invariably destroy innovation and freedom."
Your reaction to that?
FRANKEN: He has it completely wrong and he just doesn't understand what this issue is.
We have had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet. So when he says this is the ObamaCare, ObamaCare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things.
This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same that they've been.
He was a professional comedian, so we guess he's practiced saying facetious things with a straight face (what we've bolded above).  We have to destroy it, in order to save it.
And the pricing happens by the value of something.
And since faster internet service would be more valuable (to some people), it's price should be higher, Senator?

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