The Future Of Transportation Needs To Look More Like The Internet [telecom]

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By Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar

Transportation infrastructure and the internet have a lot in
common. Both are networks of pathways that ferry things from place to
place. For transportation systems, those things are people and
goods. For the internet, they're packets of data. Both have to handle
multiple types of traffic across multiple mediums. For transportation,
there are cars and roadways, planes and runways, trains and railways,
boats and waterways. For the internet, there are bits of
electromagnetic signals transmitted through fiber, cables and radio
waves. Both are experiencing increasing rates of usage that threaten
capacity. For transportation, much of that usage is due to growing
freight demand from e-commerce. For the internet, it's largely due to
growing video consumption. Most important, both serve a critical
connective function and are vital to the social and economic welfare
of the nation.

Bill Horne
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Re: The Future Of Transportation Needs To Look More Like The Internet [telecom]
On Monday, September 3, 2018 at 7:42:11 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote:
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Historically, the fate of the Western Union Telegraph Company
mirrored that of passenger railroads.  Both companies had  
a technologically obsolete service (telegrams, passengers)
that they wanted to abandon but the government ordered them
to continue at a loss.  (Western Union basically wanted out of
the traditional telegram business by the late 1960s as it was
losing money; they wanted to focus on other modes.)

We do need some government regulation in monopolies or near-
monopolies to protect the public.  But it must be balanced--
excessive regulation, such as above, only serves to bankrupt
companies and hurts service to the public.

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