FTC says Net Neutraliy is not needed

The Federal Trade Commission has officially dealt a death blow to proponents of Net Neutrality. The folks over at AT&T who will be spying on their customers and opponents of Net Neutrality must be very happy today.

The FTC has sided heavily with the telecomms in their Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy report. Although there remains a small glimmer of hope that the FTC will keep an eye out and monitor content traffic prioritization and several other issue brought to the attention of the commission.

I would have wished that the FTC would have been a little more pro-active with Net Neutrality instead of taking a wait and see approach. FTC Statement

2 thoughts on “FTC says Net Neutraliy is not needed

  1. I would say this is a logical wait and see approach, not one advocating for preemptive regulation based on speculation and hypothetical scenarios.

    I work with the Hands Off the Internet coalition on this issue and this is the logical approach we have been advocating. Consumer protection laws are in place to deal with any potential wrongdoing. Additionally, as the report notes, the FTC will continue to monitor the issue closely.

    “the FTC, for its part, will continue to devote substantial resources to maintaining competition and protecting consumers in the broadband area. In addition to vigorously enforcing the antitrust and consumer protection laws, the FTC will expend considerable efforts on consumer education, industry guidance, and competition advocacy in the area of broadband Internet access.”

  2. Thoughts from Jeff Campbell of Cisco on the FTC’s report can be seen here: http://blogs.cisco.com/gov/2007/06/ftc_gets_it_right_on_net_neutr.html

    His Net Net on NN: “There is no reason to rush to impose burdensome Net Neutrality regulations in the broadband market. If there is one thing that we have learned from 70+ years of communications regulation, it is that regulation has significant costs and unintended consequences. The FTC clearly recognizes that government should react to actual problems, not hypothetical ones.”

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