Will users force the door open on the walled gardens of private Internets?
By Alex Veytsel and Tony Greenberg
In the hubbub over the Google and Verizon new net neutrality plan, a couple of things stand out:
1) There is no actual deal, just a proposed compromise that no one actually likes
2) Everyone seems to be confused about the new, private Internet
While more viable than its critics suppose, this solution will implode in a wave of mistrust. Even if implemented, there is no equilibrium state possible between the public and private Internet. That’s because the new private Internet is not new – it’s what used to be called a walled garden.
When there is a free and open alternative (think AOL versus a typical modern ISP), the garden eventually withers as every able-minded user scrambles over the wall. When there is no alternative (think iPhone’s app store), it’s a monopolistic cash cow. Either way, sustained equilibrium between the two is rarely achieved. Each side is likely counting on the loss of that balance betting on their own models of the wall between private and public. And that gets us back to the wave of mistrust that will sink this ship before it leaves harbor.
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