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A concise summary of the excellent FTC report on Net Neutrality
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-06-27 16:23
I strongly recommend the FTC staff report on "Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy" to anyone wanting an objective, well-reasoned, fair, and comprehensive review of the facts and evidence of the net neutrality regulation debate.
I believe the most important sentence in the whole 170 page staff report, which covered an enormous and comprehensive public record on the subject, was on page 11 and again on page 160:
- "To date we are unaware of any siginificant market failure or demonstrated consumer harm from conduct by broadband providers." [Bold emphasis added]
- I believe that's the best bottomline summary conclusion of the report.
The FTC report can be further well summarized by the following four sentences found on pages 10, 11, 155 and 11 respectively:
"We recommend policymakers proceed with caution in evaluating proposals to enact regulations in the area of broadband Internet access."
"Policymakers also should carefully consider the potentially adverse and unintended effects of regulation in the area of broadband Internet accesss before enacting any such regulation."
"Over time, competition produces the best results for consumers, providing them the lowest prices, the highest quality products and services, and the most choice."
"The FTC will continue to devote substantial resources to maintaining competition and protecting consumers in the area of broadband Internet access, using a variety of tools."
In closing, I was very impressed with the FTC staff's knowledge, sophistication, and fair representation of both sides' views.