5 things neither side of the broadband debate wants to admit



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As I was editing my interview with Jeffrey Eisenach, the director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy, I had a sense of deja vu. Eisenach’s arguments were thoughtful and cogent. But they were eerily similar to those I encountered when I first started thinking about Internet regulation a decade ago.

That’s puzzling because the Internet has changed rapidly. Over the last decade, we’ve gotten Netflix streaming, the iPhone, or FiOS. So why are ideologues on both sides of the broadband debate still making the same shopworn arguments they were making in 2003?

The broadband debate desperately needs new, creative thinking. And the first step is for each side to admit where they’ve gotten it wrong. Here are a few suggestions

1. American wireless service is working pretty well.

The wireless market has robust competition and a lot of innovation. In 2007, Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who coined the term “network neutrality,” expressed dismay at the dismal state of the mobile software market. He blamed the problem on excessive control by wireless network operators Read further….. Adapted from washingtonpost.com

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