Saturday, April 17, 2010

Washington Post favors telecomm disclosure, but not formal net neutrality regulation

The Washington Post has a moderate to Cato-like editorial on the overturning of FCC rules for the Internet on Saturday April 17, “Internet oversight is needed, but not in the form of FCC regulation”, link here.

The editorial discusses a possible unintended consequence of the recent court ruling: that the FCC could take the track of treating ISP’s and telecoms as like phone companies and common carriers and actually set rates (remember the collectivist 1970s?) The Post favors a public policy of expected public disclosure. For example, “ISPs … should be required to disclose information about how they manage their networks to ensure that these decisions are legitimate and not meant to interfere with applications that compete with the ISPs' offerings.

Update: April 19

The New York Times has an editorial today, "The F.C.C. and the Internet", link here. The Times characterizes broadband Internet as a world with many service and content providers competing for room with relatively few physical communications providers. It writes "broadband access is probably the most important communication service of our time. One that needs a robust regulator."

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