WASHINGTON – (July 15, 2014) After filing comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on net neutrality, Doug Brake, Telecom Policy Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) releases the following statement:
“Today ITIF filed comments encouraging the Commission to pursue its proposed regulations to ensure protection of the open Internet under section 706. An appropriately crafted standard of commercial reasonableness can fully protect consumers while allowing for continued innovation. A tailored approach allowing for prioritization of certain types of traffic and response to change ultimately benefits the Internet as a whole and in no way threatens its openness. Indeed, traffic prioritization will be necessary to enable key, real-time applications and ensure an advanced, resilient network that can serve as the platform for innovation and communication for years to come.
Questions of particular network management practices are often quite complex, determining the appropriate balance of security, innovation, network integrity, consumer protection, etc., is not a straightforward process. A case-by-case approach that allows for some subtlety and nuance in regulating appropriate network management is to be preferred to an over-broad, proscriptive rule that would likely limit the Internet’s potential to become the multi-purpose platform it promises to be.
ITIF strongly discouraged the Commission from pursuing application of the outdated, utility-style regulations of Title II to broadband. Many of Title II’s regulations are ill-suited for broadband networks and will be difficult to get rid of, effectively delaying any enforceable rules to protect the open Internet.
Ultimately, FCC net neutrality rules should seek to strike a balance between protecting consumers and promoting innovation, and ITIF feels a light-touch framework based on section 706 will accomplish both of these goals.”
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.