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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    Rose M. Welch, 26 Feb 2008 @ 2:30pm

    Why can't they...

    ...branch out and let people use thier lines, like the small telephone companies are allowed to use the lines that 'belong' to SBC-AT&T? They're already there and the smaller businesses ensure that we can choose among many providers who have varying rates and services, with SBC-AT&T being at the top of the cost pole.

    For instance, cable in my city runs along the same poles that electric does. Those poles and land belong to the City, i.e. the residents of the city. Right now, to have cable internet, I have to purchase cable television also, which is crap as it doubles my bill for something I don't want and don't use. But the only real alternative is the DSL that crappy in this town and the wireless that's even worse.

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