It's Our Net Coalition Reacts to FTC Chairman Majoras’ Call for a Task Force to Review Net Neutrality Tue Aug 22, 2006 at 03:24:17
August 22, 2006
We welcome Chairman Majoras’ examination of Net Neutrality through the newly-formed Internet Access Task Force. We look forward to providing comprehensive input to the task force as it studies this most crucial issue.
We agree that competition is clearly an important issue in the Net Neutrality debate. As consumers know and data from the Federal Communications Commission bears out, more than 99 percent of broadband access is controlled by the phone and cable companies. That does not constitute anything like a competitive market. That is a failed market.
As we’ve said from the beginning of this battle, we do not seek new regulation. We merely ask that Congress reinstate the non-discrimination protections that have always formed the underpinning of last-mile access to the Internet. We trust that the Internet Access Task Force will recognize that Net Neutrality is vital if consumers are to continue to enjoy an open, robust and innovative Internet.