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Why deregulated broadband is in the public interest
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-05-03 12:46
"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.