Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Net neutrality

Net neutrality is a solution in search of a problem, which probably explains why so many Americans aren't even aware of the issue. If someone doesn't like the way their internet provider is behaving they can simply opt for a new provider. Indeed, to the extent a problem exists, the best antidote is fostering increased competition rather than new regulations. This, however, isn't good enough for the busybody crusaders convinced that they represent consumers' best interests.

Net neutrality illustrates two key points: This unregulated sector of the economy has been working pretty well and government is constantly driven to expand its own power. 

Update: John Fund looks at who is behind the net neutrality effort. It isn't pretty.

Update: Jack Shafer explains why he fears the FCC more than his internet providers.

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