Scott Cleland, the Chairman of NETCompetition.org, urged the United States Congress today to continue to promote “free-market policies” to help build the next generation of the Internet. Mr.Cleland urged the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet to continue to institute policies that are designed to help expand high-speed broadband deployment. He also urged them to keep the Internet “unfettered” by Federal and State (local) regulations.
Mr. Cleland thinks that the future demands on Internet capacity from online video, gaming and YouTube, will require a “higher-capacity Internet”. He went on to say, in a press release today, that this new “higher-capacity Internet” will only develop if the United States Government allows the free market to continue to spur investment and innovation.
“The Internet is the greatest deregulation success of all time. As a result of free-market competition, broadband speeds, capacities and functionalities have increased dramatically and broadband companies have incentives to invest heavily to enable Internet video. Preemptive and unwarranted restrictive regulation, like ‘net neutrality,’ would destroy current market investment incentives to keep the Internet dynamic, fast and productive.” Cleland said.
NETCompetition.org is an e-forum to debate the merits of net neutrality. NETCompetition.org is funded by broadband telecom, cable and wireless companies who believe in free and open Internet competition, not net regulation. See www.netcompetition.org.