Berners-Lee, Jacobson, and the FCC

Richard Bennett November 23, 2010
November 23, 2010

Broadband regulation could once again be in the spotlight amid reports that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will circulate an order to put net neutrality on the agenda for the December meeting, likely relying on the FCC's new interpretation of Title I jurisdiction. In this blog post, ITIF Senior Research Analyst Richard Bennett argues that this is not the time to be solidifying regulations with the aim of preventing change in the way the Internet is used and operated. Technologies that succeed in the long run are those that are open to improvement, and there’s too much fear of improvement in the current movement to lock the Internet into legacy status as a unchangeable system. We should s at least identify a concrete problem that the regulators need to solve.