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 @ 9:46am

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    "When there are laws on the books solely for their own purpose it just makes a big mess that has to be corrected with more and more laws..."

    Then why do the neutrality laws with phones work so well? If there was no phone neutrality, you'd pay for your phone service. And when you called someone, you'd pay his carrier. And if your call passed through any third party carriers, you'd have to pay them too.

    That's what the telcos and the cable companies want to do. They want to decide who gets to go through to the end user to make everyone pay again and again. See my post above for more information.

    And your argument could be used against criminal laws too. Why pass criminal laws? Why should murder be illegal? Let the market work out who should be alive and dead. Please explain why that's wrong without dipping into some subjective morality.

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