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Election impact on Communications and the Democrats universal broadband industrial policy
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2006-11-08 12:06
FCC Democratic Commissioner Copps editorial in the Washington Post, America's Internet Disconnect" is a very good guide to how theÃ‚ debate over communications policy and net neutrality will shift with DemocraticÃ‚ asendancyÃ‚ in Congress. Ã‚
I have the utmost respect for Commissioner Copps personally even though I generally disagree with his conclusions when we look at the same set of facts or analysis. It probably results from his greater trust in government than markets and my greate trust in markets than government.
Why this editorial is so instructive is that Commissioner Copps captures the essence of what Democrats see wrong with the current broadband marketplace what they might do differently if given the chance.
To summarize, Mr. Copps believes: "the fact that broadband is too slow, too expensive and too poorly subscribedÃ‚ is a significant drag on the economy."
Mr. Copps also asks "How have we fallen behind? Through lack of competition."
Good well-intentioned people can also totally agree on the goals and still completely disagree on the means to get there.