This just in

This just in

Nowrasteh letter in the Seattle Times
November 08, 2007

Mark Allen's "FCC should face reality" [guest commentary, Nov. 8] rightly points out the negative effects of the FCC's media-ownership rules. One not mentioned, however, is how net-neutrality regulations could put a stop to the online media development that Allen favors.

Net-neutrality regulations prohibit consumers from choosing tiered Internet service. Tiered service would improve the quality and speed of media downloads to those who are willing to pay more, while freeing up bandwidth for regular Internet service.

Since the FCC's creation in 1934, FCC commissioners have horribly mismanaged media in the United States.

Thanks to a vibrant economy, emerging technology and a constant stream of brave entrepreneurs, media have outgrown their FCC shackles. It's time for the FCC to recognize this and take a step back.

Alex Nowrasteh, research associate

Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.