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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    chris (profile), 26 Feb 2008 @ 11:34am

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    Have they really? There hasn't been any significant improvement in our phone service over the last 50 years. It's stayed the same. We're not sending anymore information through our phone lines now than we did 50 years ago.

    i disagree. dialup internet access changed the landscape for rediential phone service forever.

    they didn't have caller ID 50 years ago. centrally stored voicemail didn't exist 50 years ago. 911 is not 50 years old. the mobile phone is not a 50 year old invention either.

    innovation is necessary even when you have a monopoly, because that is how you justify raising prices.

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