On August 1, the FCC held that Comcast was illegally blocking user file sharing traffic, ordering the nation’s largest cable ISP to end its network management practices.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Ryan Radia argues that expanding the scope of government regulation will do nothing to address the real problem with America’s broadband marketplace: the lack of genuine consumer choice. Local ordinances and FCC rules make it nearly impossible for startup firms to offer Internet access. Imposing neutrality rules is a step toward more government oversight of the broadband industry, opening the door for regulatory favoritism, content censorship, and political gamesmanship that already plagues so many other markets.
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