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Must read Op Ed by FCC Commissioner McDowell:-- "Who Should Solve this Internet Crisis?"
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-07-28 10:02
Peta-kudos to FCC Commisioner Robert McDowell for his spot-on Op Ed in the Washington Post warning against potential Internet micromanagement by the FCC in: "Who should solve this Internet crisis?"
Commissioner McDowell's sage analysis gets right to the crux of the net neutrality debate: the Internet's genius is that free people in a free market process of voluntary collaboration are best positioned to solve the Internet's ever-changing operational and engineering problems and challenges -- NOT the FCC with bureaucratic engineering, "Mother-may-I" regulation, and over-reaching governmental coercion.
Commissioner McDowell understands the policy choice: support a path of Internet collaboration or net regulation.
Commissioner McDowell is right to warn that the Internet "would certainly die of clogged arteries if network owners had to seek government permission before serving their customers by managing surges of information flow."
Bottom line: Internet collaboration is the solution, net regulation is the problem.