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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    ChrisH, 26 Feb 2008 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Re: Close, But No Cigar

    Agree with chris: There are places where the free market does not work, and this is one of those places. Sometimes the realities of the physical world get in the way of the miracles of the theory of free markets. This type of market failure is covered in econ 101.

    I'd much rather see municipalities & citizens own the fiber & get to decide the rules (net neutrality, etc) rather than some remote global corporation.

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