WASHINGTON, January 15, 2010 – The Electronic Frontier Foundation is, unsurprisingly, in support of Net neutrality rules. They feel that if given the chance, internet service providers will act as content discriminators.
However, they would prefer that the open market be the solution to this problem but “because most Americans have only one or two realistic choices for residential broadband, normal market mechanisms may not effectively prevent dominant ISPs from adopting policies that undermine the openness that has so far characterized the Internet.”
The EFF does however believe that currently the FCC does not have the authority to rule on the issues and so must first obtain permission from congress. It feels that the ancillary authority which the FCC is citing is not sufficient enough to take the proposed action.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss the Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event, “Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan,” on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register here.