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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    Clueby4, 26 Feb 2008 @ 3:34pm

    You can't be this stupid, right?

    Either you don't understand what right of way is or you're being intentionally OBTUSE. So let's get rid of regulations saying who can tear up private/public property. Let's get rid of the FCC too, just pick a frequency.

    I love these "we just need competition" droolers. They always seem to forget one VERY IMPORTANT FACT. In order to provide these services the companies involved must use PUBLIC/PRIVATE property, be it wired or wireless.

    So, to just let the market decide is quite frankly impossible since your ALWAYS talking about PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. Hence why you want regulations, part of the telecommunications act forced providers to sell their infrastructure at cost was a step in the right direction but then corruption seeped and it was "decided" cable companies were different. Guess cable companies claim the used magic tubes to send their signal.

    Until the day comes where telephone, power, cable, etc companies have to pay property owners, or in the case of wireless all those within broadcasting range of the signal for use of THEIR property/airwaves the little fairy tale that is "free market" only exist in the minds of the deluded.

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