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Saturday, September 8, 2007

DOJ Weighs in on Net Neutrality

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The Department of Justice has weighed in on the net neutrality debate in an ex parte filing in the FCC docket on the subject.  DOJ reminds us that what matters in the internet is the promotion of competition, stating "The FCC should be highly skeptical of calls to substitute special economic regulation of the Internet for free and open competition enforced by the antitrust laws. Marketplace restrictions proposed by some proponents of "net neutrality" could in fact prevent, rather than promote, optimal investment and innovation in the Internet, with significant negative effects for the economy and consumers."

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Perhaps the DOJ, FCC and FTC should consider actually promoting competition rather than fostering duopolies. Then we wouldn't have such silly arguments as net neutrality.

Posted by: Jack S. | Sep 8, 2007 6:55:39 AM

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