The FCC is heading down a dangerous path, potentially handicapping growth and flourishing economy on the Internet.
It seems that the FCC and other portions of our government believe that this growth and economy are due to innovation by ISPs like Verizon and Comcast. If they think this, they are mistaken. Growth occurs at the edges of the network. ISPs are simply the infrastructure needed to support this growth. The Government needs to be careful to not believe otherwise, despite what ISP and telco lobbyists would have them believe.
To continue to support growth on the Internet, we need fair and open access to allow new entities at the edge to compete and flourish in a fare market. ISPs should concentrate on making Internet access more available, fast, and less expensive. The reality is, with little competition within a regional market, there is little incentive to do this. All ISP innovation has been to squeeze more money from their customers, and now content producers, while keeping the Government at bay. I am not a fan of over zealous government regulation. However, given the monopoly/duopoly ISP status quo, something must be done to ensure fair and open access to the Internet for all Americans.