Letter on the Potentially Detrimental Effects of Net Neutrality Legislation

Letter on the Potentially Detrimental Effects of Net Neutrality Legislation

April 07, 2006

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Dear Chairman Barton:

As members of the free-market community, we, the undersigned organizations, are encouraged that the latest draft of the telecommunications legislation takes positive, market-oriented steps to offer video service providers an alternative to the burdensome labyrinth of local franchise laws while avoiding regulatory pitfalls such as mandated access, rate regulation, and build-out requirements.  However, concerns remain, particularly relating to the draft’s language with respect to net neutrality.  The language is nebulous and potentially detrimental and the draft’s arcane choice of words could result in uncertainty, overregulation, litigation, and privacy violations.