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Markets work! Vonage & Comcast collaborating on reasonable network management

Today's announcement by Vonage, the independent VOIP leader, who is collaborating with Comcast to address reasonable network management of Internet services, is more tangible and compelling evidence that market forces continue to work well in meeting consumers needs -- and that there is no market failure for the FCC to address with stifling net neutrality regulation.

The Internet has thrived because of Congress' wise bipartisan Internet policy set into law in 1996: "It is the policy of the United States to preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet..., unfettered by Federal or State regulation."  

The FCC needs to continue to:

  • Excercise regulatory humility, patience, restraint, and common sense in letting free market forces continue to best meet consumers diverse and dynamic needs; and 
  • Encourage industry to collaborate and innovate to produce technological and practical solutions that best serve everyone involved in the Internet.

The Internet has proven to be the greatest de-regulation success story of all time. 

  • This is no time for the FCC to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with new net regulation.