Important Net Neutrality Questions to Ask Rep. Markey at VON Conference

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Rep. Markey (D-MA), one of the biggest net neutrality proponents and author of the House "Net Neutrality Act of 2006," is the keynote speaker at today’s VON conference. Chairman and net neutrality analyst Scott Cleland poses a series of questions Rep. Markey should answer.

Rep. Markey (D-MA), one of the biggest net neutrality proponents, is the keynote speaker at today’s VON Conference. He is also the author of the House "Net Neutrality Act of 2006," which was defeated in the House earlier in the year by a wide margin -- 269-152.

Describing Rep. Markey as “big on rhetoric, but thin on substance,” Chairman and net neutrality analyst Scott Cleland believes Mr. Markey has some explaining to do about “the dark side of his HR.5273 that has not been sufficiently challenged.”

Cleland says, “I suggest his audience should ask him some of the questions I list below, in order to get a better understanding of what Mr. Markey and his fellow neutr-elitists envision for the future of the Internet -- if the Democrats retake the House next year and if he is the new responsible House oversight Chairman for the Internet.” To read the questions online, visit:

Important Questions for Rep. Markey About His “Net Neutrality Act of 2006,” HR.5273

1) How do you expect your authored bill HR.5273 to promote innovation and broadband network deployment to all Americans when your bill outlaws incremental surcharges for incremental Internet improvements or new specialized offerings?

HR.5273: Sect. 4.(a)(6) “…without…surcharges…” HR.5273: Sect. 4.(a)(7) “… without imposing a surcharge or other consideration for such prioritization or quality of service.”

2) Why is it necessary to regulate free broadband services for the first time?

HR.5273: Sect. 4.(e)(2)(B) “Broadband Service...without a fee...”

3) What is your justification for regulating for the first time broadband companies and individual “persons” that have never had market power or done anything wrong?

HR.5273: Sect. 4.(e)(1) “The term ‘broadband network provider’ means a person or entity...”

4) Do you personally believe, like your HR.5273 clearly mandates, that people are guilty until proven innocent?

HR.5273: Sect. 4.(c)(2) “…any complaint filed at the Commission that alleges a violation of this section shall be deemed granted unless acted upon by the Commission within 90 days of its filing.”

5) Given that your bill HR.5273 would outlaw any charges for improvements or investments in the Internet, and for the first time regulate free services, individuals and new companies that have no market power and have done nothing wrong… would it be fair to say that you and the two thirds of your Democratic colleagues who voted for HR.5273… envision a more government-run “Socialized-Internet” in the future rather than the competitive and capitalistic Internet of today?

About Scott Cleland, Chairman,

Scott Cleland will be speaking on the VON conference Net Neutrality panel Wednesday from 11-12:15. 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:

About is an e-forum created to promote a rigorous debate on the merits of net neutrality legislation and regulation. 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 and network neutrality, visit:

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