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 @ 12:01pm

    Re: Close, But No Cigar

    competition is great for industries that are not "natural monopolies". cable and telephone companies are natural monopolies thanks to municipal rights of way. competition in those industries will never happen. ever.

    we don't need more competition in the telephone and TV space, we need more competition in the ISP space.

    after all, if you can deliver enough bandwidth, telephone and television service are not that hard to provide over said connection.

    since the cable companies and telephone companies provide service that is famously bad, you don't have to compete on price alone, just providing a reliable product with no hidden fees is enough to make half of america switch today.

    mobile providers need to get into the residential and commercial internet access business, along with municipal programs, the power companies, satellite communications companies, and maybe even the auto industry.

    i think the water and sewer companies need to figure out how to put a signal thru water to provide broadband internet service.

    if you are in the business of putting a signal, a copper wire, or a microprocessor into a home or business, then you should expand your product offerings with internet service. the ISP market is begging for additional providers.

    the more "pipes" that are available in your neighborhood, the less likely the two or fewer providers in your neighborhood will be to play games with your service.

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