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US FTC to examine net neutrality (Macworld) Tue Aug 22, 2006 at 03:33:19

Grant Gross of IDG News Service reported today:

"The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has formed an “Internet Access Task Force” to examine whether net neutrality advocates’ fears of large broadband providers blocking or slowing Web content from competitors are justified, the agency’s chairwoman said.

"Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras on Monday also called on lawmakers to be cautious about passing a net neutrality law, which could prohibit broadband providers such as AT&T; and Comcast from giving their own Internet content top priority, or from charging Web sites additional fees for faster service.

"Net neutrality advocates are sincere in their concerns, Majoras said during a speech at the Progress and Freedom Foundation’s (PFF’s) Aspen Summit in Colorado. “I just question the starting assumption that government regulation, rather than the market itself under existing laws, will provide the best solution to a problem,” she said."

Read the entire piece at Macworld.com.