Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Isn't it Ironic.....

There's been a lot of talk on Net Neutrality and it's all gone quiet.

I don't see why everyone is so surprised Net Neutrality is the Techno equivalent of "selective listening" something that we all learn from a very early age and continue to practice through life.

Working in a tricky project right now where I am employed to advise the client on how they should be implementing their chosen product to give them the best of functional match and easy maintenance and upgrade paths. However the client employs a lot of selective listening and it got me thinking of "Advice Neutrality"©™® and why baby Bell react the way they do.

Many decision have already been made before I joined the project and no amount of discussion and persuasion is going to change their minds as it might be more work upfront (short term pain, long term gain) or it might mean that they lose their position of power (they are the SI) as the real client won't have to go for them for changes and S&M later. This is no different from AT&T for example wanting to limit the traffic of VoIP providers that they see taking the revenues right out of their pipe.

I'm not saying I condone it but you've got to understand it.

Time will tell on both, but in terms of my project predicament just think of Alanis Morissette's Ironic "it's like to good advice that I just didn't take....."

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