TC Concludes “Net Neutrality” Legislation is Not Needed

Free-market is best way to ensure expanded access and continued advances

Washington, DC– The Federal Trade Commission has issued a report saying that “Net Neutrality” legislation, the preemptive regulation of the Internet, is not needed.

FTC Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras warned that the arguments the pro-regulation crowd are making are baseless, and acting on them may cause harm to consumers. She writes:

Policy makers should be wary of enacting regulation solely to prevent prospective harm to consumer welfare, particularly given indeterminate effects on such welfare of potential conduct by broadband providers.

“The FTC has done a great service to the American public, helping expose the myth that ‘net neutrality’ legislation is needed in order to ensure the future of the Internet,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “The future of the Internet lies where its past was, with the free-market. Allowing it to develop naturally, without government interference, is the only way to ensure innovation and creativity flourish in the way it has so far.”

The Federal Communication Commission is also looking into the issue of “net neutrality.” Americans for Tax Reform filed a public comment on the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry that can be found a www.atr.org.