Despite Claims of Net Neutrality Proponents, Facts Prove Broadband Market is Competitive

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Telecommunications expert and NETCompetition.org Chairman Scott Cleland presents data and facts proving that the current broadband market is competitive, despite the claims of Net Neutrality proponents.

Scott Cleland, Chairman of NETCompetition.org, says that Net Neutrality proponents justify their call for new regulation by claiming insufficient broadband competition.

Cleland argues: “Broadband is a young, fast-growing, and dynamic eight-year-old market, which is replacing monopoly dial-up service. The facts prove, it is a competitive market: choice is expanding, real prices are falling and supply is increasing,”

According to the most recent FCC data, choices for broadband providers are rapidly expanding with 53% of U.S. zip codes offering 5 or more broadband choices, up from 35% in 2003, and 15% in 2000. Real DSL prices for broadband have fallen ~50% as speeds have roughly doubled over the last 2 years; and real cable modem prices have fallen ~70% as speeds continue to increase.

“Most net neutrality proponents try to justify their call for new regulation by claiming a duopoly or insufficient competition,” says Cleland. “Their incomplete and out-of-context argument is a good example of why in a court of law, courts ask people to testify to "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." On the subject of broadband competition, the net neutrality proponents are not saying the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

According to Cleland, net neutrality has become a smokescreen to hide behind for those who oppose competition and free markets for communications and who want to turn back the clock and return to utility regulation.

Find more data and facts on the Debunking Net Neutrality Myths series on NETCompetition.org

About Scott Cleland, Chairman, NETCompetition.org

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 NETCompetition.org

NETCompetition.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 NETCompetition.org and network neutrality, visit: http://www.netcompetition.org.

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