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Bono Mack Seeks Public Support in Opposition of Network Neutrality

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WASHINGTON, January 25, 2011 – Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) established an online petition via tweet and press release Monday in opposition of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order.

The Order provides three guidelines by which internet service providers (ISPs) must abide in their offerings to consumers.  First, ISPs must provide services in a transparent manner by disclosing their network management practices and performance characteristics.  Second, network providers must not block lawful content from their customers, and third, providers may not unreasonably discriminate by prioritizing certain network traffic without sufficient reason.

Bono Mack’s petition, which calls the Open Internet Order a “naked power grab,” reads in part:

“It is clear that government overreach and intrusion is threatening the vitality of our free markets, the future of innovation and technology, and the freedom of individuals and private enterprise.  It is clear that government overreach and intrusion is threatening the vitality of our free markets, the future of innovation and technology, and the freedom of individuals and private enterprise.”

Bono Mack, who sits on the subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, also encouraged her Twitter followers and major internet service provider, Verizon, to support the petition.  Verizon filed an appeal challenging the FCC’s Order last week in the D.C. Circuit court.

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for BroadbandBreakfast.com since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

1 Comment

  1. The Net Neutrality debate exists because there is not enough competition in the broadband market. Corporations like Comcast and Verizon must maximize their profit and act in the best interest of their shareholders. Their list of priorities does not contain the idealistic goal of protecting an open Internet. This does not make them evil. It is just the facts. How can an open Internet be in sync with the responsibilities of Comcast and Verizon? That is simple. Competition.
     
    Christopher Yoo, director of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, agrees. He is quoted in PCWorld as saying the net neutrality debate is less important than spurring broadband competition and implementing the FCC’s national broadband plan, released last March. The net neutrality debates in recent years “probably generated much more attention than they deserved.” If broadband competition was “robust enough, all these issues would go away.”

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