Why deregulated broadband is in the public interest

May 3, 2010

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated reports Cecilia Kang of the Washington Post.

  • If accurate, this is outstanding news.Keeping broadband deregulated is in the public interest because it:
    • Respects the rule of law, Congress’ Constitutional authority to set interstate communications policy, the Constitution’s protections, and court precedent.
    • Encourages private investment and innovation.
    • Provides the greatest opportunity for economic growth/prosperity, and job creation.
    • Preserves the stability and continuity of current facilities-based broadband competition policy.
    • Continues Congress’ bipartisan Internet policy in law to keep the “competitive free market… Internet… unfettered by Federal… regulation.”
    • Keeps the Internet user-centric and highly responsive to user needs, wants and concerns.
    • Encourages public-private cooperation to get broadband to all Americans fastest under the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.
    • Averts mandating Title II price-regulation (bit-metering) of Internet traffic for the first time.

     

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