In his Aug. 18 op-ed, “The net neutrality myth,” Ev Ehrlich made a woefully misguided assessment of the “black hat vs. white hat” analogy of net neutrality. He implored us to drop the analogy altogether, but he needs to reevaluate who wears the white hat.
Mr. Ehrlich referenced the soaring profit margins of Google, Apple and Netflix, but these are not the white hats. The white hats are the coming generation of innovative companies, now housed in garages. Netflix could afford to pay for “Internet fast lanes,” but that isn’t the point. The crux of the argument for net neutrality is that, while large organizations could afford this luxury, the creators of the next generation of disruptive technology cannot.
Google and Netflix are trying to protect those who would try to unseat them as titans of industry. When was the last time Verizon tried to save those trying to disrupt it? One just has to look at the Aereo case for a reminder that the answer is almost never. We should keep the hats.
Ian McCormick, Arlington
Ev Ehrlich should have considered the need for broadband Internet providers to accelerate the diversification of their business models — including the provision of content, applications and devices that would compete with content and device companies, which are themselves looking at alternate ways to reach customers online.
Injecting a bias into content delivery further concentrates monopoly strangleholds. Exploiting mobility is the key to successful future business strategies. The dinosaurs will have to learn how to dance if they want to survive.
James Titzell, Washington