FCC Should Declare Victory

November 15, 2010

Comcast’s EVP David Cohen spoke at Brookings today on “Who should Govern the Internet.

  • His thesis was dead on and well worth spotlighting — the Internet is an engineering creation and the Internet flourishes because it lives in the collaborative and capable hands of engineers dedicated to making the Internet work for everyone.
  • The speech explained how engineers working together in forums like the IETF and BITAG can solve, and solve quickly, issues that others try to unnecessarily involve lawyers and regulators in.

My big takeaway from the event, was that the FCC should declare victory — that we have a free and open Internet — and then get back to the real pressing work facing the FCC — the National Broadband Plan.

There are no existing net neutrality problems, and no technical issues that the industry engineering bodies, IETF and BITAG have not been able to resolve.

There is simply no need for the FCC to fix an Internet that is already operating as the FCC and most everyone expects it to operate.

 

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