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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  1. identicon
    Alimas, 26 Feb 2008 @ 10:29am

    Competition Isn't Enough

    The net neutrality act is more vital than additional competition (though more competition always helps).
    If I had four more Verizons or Comcasts in my area, they'd simply all agree to the a lot of the same habits in order for the better interest of them all.
    They'd all be fighting equally to throttle certain types of traffic and punish "heavy users" like myself.
    Our capitalist system isn't just a blind free-for-all. Competitors strike deals with each other all the time to control their market for the better of them all.
    And I think that's all we'd have with increased competition and no net neutrality.
    Different sign up deals, different speed promises. Standard throttling and heavy user punishment.

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