Proposed Merger of NLR and Internet 2

Posted 1 Sep 2007 at 23:46 UTC (updated 1 Sep 2007 at 23:51 UTC) by badvogato Share This

The Network Planning Team (NPT) was established in March 2007 in support of a proposed merger of Internet2 and National LambdaRail, Inc.(NLR)

Mr. Gordon Cook stated Why the proposed merger MUST not happen

"the merger as currently proposed in my opinion would be a disaster that would kill the crown jewel of Network infrastructure in the United States. "

anybody here familiar with the issue care to comment?

OK then, posted 7 Sep 2007 at 01:15 UTC by ncm » (Master)

Let's put a stop to that. See to it, won't you? Good man.

anti-trust vs. mergers, posted 8 Sep 2007 at 12:49 UTC by sye » (Journeyer)

China has just passed anti-trust law. On hjclub forum, there are some discussions about the subject. I did some reading and thinking. I don't believe in the argument made in " Anti-trust, Anti-truth" By Thomas J. DiLorenzo

"The truth is that monopoly is impossible in a free market; government is the true source of monopoly; and antitrust itself has never done anything but render American industry less competitive while inflicting great harm on consumers. The standard account of antitrust regulation being in "the public interest" is truly Orwellian."

But my question is: CAN any legislature body root out monopoly power without individuals doing the work of exposing/guessing the hidden-agenda, without individuals breaking 'notational assenting' law when necessary to expose the weakest link admist established protocols by good will alone?

Natural Monopolies, posted 11 Sep 2007 at 02:25 UTC by ncm » (Master)

Fundamentally dishonest arguments anti- anti-trust are the norm. There's lots of money available for anybody credentialed and willing to produce them. Normal economics recognizes the "natural monopoly", and the conditions that form it, and a wide variety of other conditions that readily produce monopolies, as well as conditions that allow a monopoly, once obtained, to be maintained. In addition, many legal artifices have a side (or intended) effect of enabling formation or maintenance of monopolies.

The fact is that a market is a human construct, and a market, like a garden, can be healthy only where it has been kept healthy. The natural condition of markets, in the absence of regulation (particularly against coercion) tends to monopolies, just as gardens tend to weeds. The problem with regulation is that monopoly seekers and maintainers are strongly motivated to co-opt the machinery of regulation to help enforce their monopoly. It is the norm in Fascism, and absolute Law in under Communism, and is the natural end state of Corporatism. The U.S. is well along on the Corporatist program.

cancerism, posted 2 Oct 2007 at 13:33 UTC by lkcl » (Master)

corporations are pathologically insane (see the documentary "The Corporation") - their articles of incorporation are cancerous, consuming all resources.

that's what we face.

there are many solutions to cancerism ending: one of them is that the host (the world) dies, or society collapses.

but mainly, i believe that it's essential that solutions be found that bypass cancerism, and simply not even dwell on or give any kind of attention or energy to cancerism.

starve it out, in other words.

the solution in this case - to the specific problem at hand - is metropolitan wide-area-networking: wireless mesh networks.

with 3-mile-range ultra-wide-band transceivers that can do 1 gigabit per second, that's perfectly feasible.

in between cities you can get high gain directional antenna that can easily manage 50 miles (see mikrotik's web site)

so it's technically possible to bypass and sideline cancerations. the question is: is there enough pain (yet) to actually goad people into action?

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