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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Momentum for the FTC?
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I hate to get ahead of myself with irrational exuberance, but my primary takeaway from the Aspen Summit is that there is a possible consensus that the FTC might be the appropriate institution for addressing the net neutrality issue, and broadband competition policy more generally. FTC Chairman Majoras highlighted the conference by announcing the Internet Access task force. Dick Notebaert echoed Chairman Majoras's call for the FTC to take a leadership role in the broadband market. Even my friends at Google appear inclined to consider an FTC-centric role for the net neutrality issue.
To the extent that the Summit helped forward the FTC as the rule of law regulator for the broadband marketplace, and forward the DACA approach toward regulation of the communications marketplace, I would rather audaciously submit it was a success.

posted by Ray Gifford @ 10:41 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy , Net Neutrality , The FCC , The FTC

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I hate to parse words, but this is important. If you guys surrender to the term "net neutrality" to describe the muddle of regulation that its proponents want, the battle is already lost. You will never convince enough of the right people that network neutrality is anything other than a wonderful idea. Kind of like if one agreed to refer to al Qaida as freedom fighters while trying to make an argument to find & defeat them. That is a rhetorical U-turn that most listeners will simply not make. At least use scare quotes or call it "so-called net neutrality".

Posted by: Mike Sanders at September 7, 2006 8:34 PM

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