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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

FTC to examine net neutrality

Internet neutrality advocates are finally having their fears heard by the FTC. The FTC has decided to take a long, hard look at the possibility that broadband providers could block the Internet or slow websites of competitors.

While calling for the meeting and inquiry, Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras did warn lawmakers to be careful about creating a net neutrality law. She said, "I just question the starting assumption that government regulation, rather than the market itself under existing laws, will provide the best solution to a problem.”

Majoras also added, "While I am sounding cautionary notes about new legislation, let me make clear that if broadband providers engage in anticompetitive conduct, we will not hesitate to act using our existing authority. But I have to say, thus far, proponents of net neutrality regulation have not come to us to explain where the market is failing or what anticompetitive conduct we should challenge."

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Submitted by Computer Consulting 101 Professional Kit