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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    Bob, 26 Feb 2008 @ 11:50am

    Let's give them all a big tax break

    Hey, I know, just like Bush gave all the big oil companies huge tax breaks to incentivize them to do more exploration and find new domestic sources for oil, etc, etc. Perhaps we should give all the big telecommunications companies a big tax break too, this would surely result in lower prices and improved service to the consumer right? Wrong!

    You can’t trust big corporations, trickle down does not work, never will. I’m not saying we have to punish them, just make the rules to keep them in line, they will not do it on their own. Time has proven this again and again.

    PS: I didn’t mean to get to far off the subject of this thread, but I just couldn’t help but notice the similarities. Anyway, I hope whoever gets into the white house, repeals the oil company tax cut and actually re-institutes the windfall profits tax on them.

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