If cable and telephone companies intend to use their control over consumer’s access to the Internet to extract outsize profits from the innovative companies working in the dynamic and competitive market for Internet services, it should be pretty clear to the FCC that they cannot reconcile their interests with those of consumers and innovators. If, on the other hand, access providers are, as they say, concerned only about their ability to invest in their network and manage it responsibly, they will support this application-agnostic regulatory framework.
We believe it is in everyone’s interest to improve the current proposal by:
- defining any application-specific discrimination as unreasonable,
- extending that reasonableness test to include wireless Internet access, and
- making it clear that pay-to-play access fees (whether for access to users or faster access to users) are prohibited.