“Who… has the greater potential to make things worse for everyone?”

November 2, 2009

Kudos to Gordon Crovitz’ WSJ column that highlighted the wisdom of Larry Downes, author of “The Laws of Disruption” who cut to the crux of the net neutrality debate in asking the simple pointed question: which is the bigger threat to the Internet — the FCC or companies? His answer: the FCC.

  • Larry Downes: “U.S. consumers have plenty of reasons to be suspicious of both the FCC and the communications industry.” His advice: “Consumers should ask themselves which of these powerful interests is more likely in the end to abuse its power. Who, in other words, has the greater potential to make things worse for everyone?”
  • His answer seems sensible: “Absent any evidence of serious market failure yet, I’d much rather deal with the devil I know than a resurgent FCC.”
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