The Washington Post reports that FCC Chair Jules Genachowski is intending to give up on regulating the access providers – Comcast and the gang — leaving Internet users unprotected and at their mercy.
The Post implies that the Genachowski thinks of this as leaving “broadband services deregulated.” The problem is that that will also leave broadband unprotected. We need to regulate the providers of access so that they don’t get to regulate what we’re allowed to do on our Internet.
This is Chairman Genachowski’s chance to make a difference. That he would abandon the Net to access providers who have already shown that they don’t care about an open, free, innovative Internet is just about unthinkable. Unfortunately, as of today we have to add the “just about.” Let’s hope it’s just a trial balloon.
(Marvin Ammori has a worst-case scenario list of what unregulated access providers could do to the Net … except that almost all of the items are things they’ve already tried to pull.)