We Need A Broadband Competition Act, Not A Net Neutrality Act

from the get-out-the-wrecking-ball dept

Andy Kessler has put together a fantastic editorial for the Wall Street Journal explaining why Markey's attempt at legislating Net Neutrality won't do any good. As we pointed out when Markey first announced it, this plan seems to be focused on the symptoms, not the real problem (and, no, just having the FCC step in to slap the wrists of neutrality violators doesn't help either). The real problem, of course, is the lack of real competition in the broadband market. Kessler suggests that we shouldn't be focused on Net Neutrality, but should wipe out the bogus regulations that are currently restricting competition in the broadband market. That means not going through a painful localized franchising process or making it a pain to get the rights of way necessary to install equipment necessary for next generation broadband. It means actually opening up the market to competition, not creating subsidies and regulations that mean only the incumbents can play. Not that politicians are about to do anything like this, but it sure would be nice.

Filed Under: broadband, competition, ed markey, net neutrality, rights of way


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    Ima Fish, 26 Feb 2008 @ 9:38am

    I don't see how any objective person could be against net neutrality. the phone systems in the US have been neutral for decades without any problems. In other words, a phone company cannot discriminate as to which calls it will allow through it's network.

    The only reason large ISPs (cable and telcos) are against net neutrality is because they want to triple dip. By that I mean that the user would be charged to connect to the internet. A site like Google would have to be charged for their bandwidth. And a site like Google would be charged yet again by the individual ISPs to allow end user access. Getting rid of net neutrality would be a huge cash cow.

    While I agree that I would love to see more competition in the broadband market, that would not fix this problem. All ISPs would want to partake in that triple dipping. The fact that there are five ISPs or a million would not change that desire to triple dip.

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