FCC Could, But Probably Won't, Do Anything About Net Neutrality

from the i-hear-you-but-i'm-not-listening dept

Michael Copps, one of the four current FCC commissioners, says that while the commission currently has the power to punish broadband providers who break network-neutrality principles, it needs to adopt stricter, more enforceable rules to protect content providers who don't want to pay the providers protection money. This stance from Copps contrasts greatly with that of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, whose no-regulation-is-good-regulation mantra (except when it's convenient, of course) helped kick off this whole mess by classifying DSL and cable modem networks as information services, meaning they no longer had to follow common carrier requirements -- like network neutrality. The dichotomy between the Democrat Copps' and the Republican Martin's views highlights the vast ideological disagreement on the issue, as well as the partisan split. But Martin's viewpoint that nothing good can come of regulation is flawed -- just ask the telcos that built their businesses on regulations that gave them monopoly protection and kept their would-be competitors at bay.

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    poopstainzmcgraw, 24 May 2006 @ 2:18pm

    Re: no regulation is good regulation

    Your right! Google could buy a backhoe and tear up the streets of every major american city to drop fiber. Or maybe they could establish airships all over the United States blasting down wifi, because we all know how realiable that is.

    In a "free market" which does not exist in most markets in the United States your argument might work. However, since gov regulations created the bells and comcasts then we are stuck with oligopoly not a free open market.

    You suck just like all you other newbs who know shXt about FXck my man.

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