Proposed Net Neutrality Legislation is Regressive, Not Progressive Policy

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NETCompetition.org chairman, Scott Cleland, speaks out against net neutrality. Letter to U.S. Senate demonstrates net neutrality would essentially end the Internet era of tremendous innovation, growth and progress.

Scott Cleland, Chairman of NETCompetition.org, in a letter to Senators reveals how soft-sounding network neutrality language is actually an extremely regressive policy position. Cleland explains, “while so-called ‘progressives’ are championing its merits, mandating net neutrality will essentially end the Internet era of tremendous innovation, growth and progress.” Read Cleland’s full letter at: http://www.netcompetition.org/docs/pronetcomp/resources/Net-Neutrality-is-Regressive.pdf

Net Neutrality is modern-day “Internet Luddism”

In his letter to Senators, Cleland compares net neutrality advocates to 19th century Luddites, the British workers who rioted and destroyed labor-saving technology they feared would diminish employment. “Neutrality-Luddites seek government protection to insulate them from technology change, competition and progress,” says Cleland.

Net Neutrality is backward-looking, old-fashioned industrial policy

He goes on to write that net neutrality is a stealth depression-era technology model based on the outdated and discredited approach that Government can better manage technology/economic tradeoffs than markets. Neutrality-ites are regressing back in time to the pre-Internet era to look for Internet policy answers. Cleland asks, “Is the Internet really like every other business and technology that came before it?”

Net Neutrality would block, degrade, and impair America’s technology progress

According to Cleland, the proposed network neutrality legislation would block innovation in smart networks and more diversity of broadband choices for consumers. “Currently, the net neutrality proposal would degrade the average speed and responsiveness of the Internet for everyone by destroying any economic incentive to invest to meet exploding demand for bandwidth. If it succeeds, network neutrality would impair America’s economic growth, productivity and international competitiveness by regulating away the market’s natural ability to respond efficiently to new demands and risks,” explains Cleland.

About Scott Cleland

Scott Cleland is one of nation's foremost techcom analysts and experts at the nexus of: capital markets, public policy and techcom industry change. He is widely-respected in industry, government, media and capital markets as a forward thinker, free market proponent, and leading authority on the future of communications. For more information visit: http://netcompetition.org/docs/about/#chairman

About NETCompetion.org

NETCompeition.org is an e-forum created to promote a rigorous debate on the merits of net neutrality legislation and regulation. NETCompetition.org is funded by a wide range of broadband telecom, cable, and wireless companies who believe the best way to guard a free and independent Internet is free and open competition, not more government control of the Internet. To learn more about NETCompeition.org and network neutrality visit: http://www.netcompetition.org

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