Read Randy May’s Great NRO Piece “Rolling Back Regulation at the FCC”

April 19, 2011

Kudos to Randy May of the Free State Foundation for his outstanding must-read piece in the National Review Online: “Rolling Back Regulation at the FCC –How Congress Can Help Competition Flourish.”

It is a very important reminder that Congress nearly unanimously set U.S. communications policy in 1996 “to promote competition and reduce regulation,” in stark contrast to the FCC’s Open Internet de-competition policy.

  • Randy is also spot on in encouraging Congress to re-fortify its extremely successful 1996 pro-competition policy by changing the burden-of-proof to assuming competition is superior to regulation, in order to counter the FCC’s deep-seated bureaucratic instinct to regulate in order to perpetuate itself.

Randy is also dead right that the FCC looks backward to preserve its regulatory raison d’etre, rather than looking forward, obeying the law and trusting competition to drive consumer benefits.

We so need an FCC that genuinely encourages competition and lets consumers and the market choose market winners and losers, not the FCC.

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