Washington Post Editorial Calls Net Neutrality Rules Unnecessary
Editorial at The Washington Post weighed in this morning on the net neutrality debate, saying the proposed rules announced last week by the new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, goes overboard.
Editorial writers (Note: there is a wall between the newsroom, which includes me, and our opinion pages.) say Genachowski promises that stronger and broader rules for how Internet service providers can control content and technologies on the Web will be "fair, transparent, fact-based and data-driven."
"That's nice. But Mr. Genachowski failed to convincingly answer the most important question of all: Is this intervention necessary?" The Post editorial asks.
In case you were hiding under a rock last week, the FCC proposed to codify four guidelines for Internet service providers and two additional rules to ensure any legal content and applications can be accessed on the Web. The rules would prohibit network carriers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from blocking or deliberately prioritizing certain traffic in a way that favors their business interests.
The Post's editorial is getting lots of buzz -- what are your thoughts? I'll try to highlight some comments later today.
September 28, 2009; 9:59 AM ET
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