Let the Public Determine the Public Interest, Not Elites.

by Mike Wendy on February 28, 2017

“America’s approach to broadband policy will be practical, not ideological,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today the Mobile World Congress gathering in Barcelona, Spain.

What does this mean?

If the advance of technology, industry best practices, brand management, competition, transparency / media coverage, and present (non-Title II) enforcement laws can’t prevent actual – not conjectured – harm, then, maybe, the government should step in.

Until then, we should allow ISPs to use positive discrimination – such as priority deals, fast lanes, throttling, blocking and other reasonable business tools – to benefit consumers and society. These practices are employed in every sector of our economy to grow sustainable, beneficial businesses. We should move back to that model for ISPs because they work.  They are ideologically neutral, and more free from the intentionally distorting hand of Uncle Sam.

Stated differently, these “practical” marketplace instruments allow the public to determine the public interest, not unelected bureaucrat thieves. They truly give power to the People.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Arthur Rhodes February 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

The public would decide if the public actually had a choice who their ISP is. I am all for rolling back every single ISP regulation including Title II net neutrality. Under one condition. Verizon, ATT, Comcast, Cox, TWC all start coming into each others turf and competing for customers.

This is the part where you say there is plenty of competition and cite mobile. Well Mr. Wendy, every mobile carrier just announced unlimited data plans last week. So how come the wired ISP’s aren’t shaking in their boots? I mean according to you, they are competition.


Mike Wendy February 28, 2017 at 2:49 pm

They are shaking, Art. You choose to ignore it. Google’s going to a wired /wireless model for its “Gig” services. The cable co’s are renting wireless space and trying their hybrid wi-fi model. All comms companies are getting ready for 5G. And, 4G is becoming even more robust. These services are complements / substitutes.


Arthur Rhodes February 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm

I will agree with you on 5G, if they deliver what they promise without data caps, then that will be serious competition for the wired ISP’s. In the meantime, right now. Wireless is not viable competition for fixed wired broadband.


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