The following statement – for today’s hearing on “Ensuring Competition on the Internet: Net Neutrality and Antitrust” in the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet – may be attributed to Mike Wendy, Director of MediaFreedom.org:
Alexandria, VA, February 15, 2011 – Americans do not need Net Neutrality regulations to keep the marketplace vibrant. Such “regulation” is already open sourced by near-ceaseless technological advance, consumer transparency, industry best practices, competition and a minimum of government safety nets / enforcement tools. The resulting freeness of the medium has fostered symbiotic core and edge growth to the admitted benefit of all.
Regulatory contrivance – such as Consent Decrees, “flexible rules” not tethered to congressional authority, and enforcement mindsets based on regulatory prophylaxis – will drive an opposite result. It often leads to “creative behavior” among bureaucrats, bringing with it governance that looks more like the Cosa Nostra than Democracy. Such tactics not only offend due process, they also harm consumer-centric innovation and Internet growth. No one wins.
Though the proven success of the Internet’s current “regulatory” structure bedevils some powerful policymakers, we respectfully urge it be allowed to remain. The Internet thrives precisely because of something Washington hasn’t done – pervert the marketplace through conniving regulation and overreaching enforcement actions.