FC: Congress should be wary of content regs --Politech reader

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Jun 16 2002 - 22:22:28 PDT

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    Subject: Submission to Senate April 02
    From: Brendan S <brendanscottat_private>
    To: declanat_private
    Date: 17 Jun 2002 00:18:03 +1000
    Dear Declan
    I attach a URL to my submission to the Senate Request for public comment
    in relation to Protecting Creative Works in a Digital Age.  This is
    coming in late (lodged in April), but I thought it might be of
    interest.  Essentially I argue in the submission that promoting "rich
    content" has been a poison pill for internet companies and that more
    thought needs to be given at a policy level before the Senate endorses
    additional protections for "rich content".
    I give some examples of the effect of overemphasis on content has had on
    direct investment (eg Excite@Home), telecommunications investment
    (overengineering to anticipate quality of service needs for rich
    content); network design (asymmetric upstream/downstream capacity) and
    broadband pricing at the retail level.
    The submission is available from:
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