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Think tank asks 10 questions about net neturality

The Information Innovation & Technology Foundation is asking 10 questions of the Federal Communications Commission to establish a possible framework for guiding any decisions on net neutrality rules.

Here 's a sample of the questions posed in the memo published Tuesday by ITIF president Robert Atkinson:

1. Does any favoring of some packets over others by 1. ISPs without individual consumer choice represent a per se violation, or is there some discrimination (blocking, degrading, charging for usage and network management) that is pro-competitive and pro-consumer. If it is all a per se violation, then the case for strict rules and/or legislation is quite strong. If, however, some kinds of discrimination benefit the lion’s share of consumers and/or competitors then strict per se rules, while limiting potential harmful actions by ISP’s, would also limit beneficial actions.
2. What is the record of ISPs with regard to engaging in anti-consumer and/or anti-competitive discrimination in the past? If the record is a moderate or extensive one it suggests that action is needed. If the record is quite limited it suggests that action may not needed.
3. How easy is it for the user community (including 5. non-ISP business competitors) and government to accurately detect anti-consumer or anti-competitive actions by ISPs in a timely manner? If ISPs can engage in these practices for a long period of time without discovery, action is likely needed. But if companies’ potential transgressions are quickly found out, the need for action may be less.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 2:15 PM ET
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ITIF isn't really a "think tank." They take tons of money from cable and phone companies. It would help your readers to know that in DC, it is always about the money.

-- Ama Bala

Posted by: amabala | October 21, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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