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August 21, 2006

FTC Chair Comes Out Against Net Neutrality

FTC Chair Deborah Platt Majoras told a meeting of the Progress and Freedom Foundation that she questions whether government regulation rather than market forces would serve best in regulating the Internet.  She said the Commission is creating a task force to address the issue.

From the FTC Press Release:

“The FTC’s Internet Access Task Force is looking carefully at the issues raised by calls for network neutrality laws. . . . I urge caution in proceeding on the issue. I . . . question the starting assumption that government regulation, rather than the market itself under existing laws, will provide the best solution to a problem,” Majoras said. “The FTC’s Internet Access Task Force is looking carefully at the issues raised by calls for network neutrality laws. . . . I urge caution in proceeding on the issue. I . . . question the starting assumption that government regulation, rather than the market itself under existing laws, will provide the best solution to a problem,” Majoras said.

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“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; we are open to hearing from them,” she said.

The full text of Commissioner Majoras' speech is here.

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