My friends Tom Lenard and Randy May have released a new book on Net Neutrality controversy that everyone interested in technology and communications, as well as in overall US competitiveness, should read. The book is titled Net Neutrality or Net Neutering : Should Broadband Internet Services Be Regulated.
Based on a series of essays from a recent conference on the subject, Lenard and May expose the fact that altghough recent op-eds freely use high-sounding terms like freedom, the intent of companies seeking to impose new regulations on communications networks is much more mundane. They would like the government to impose price controls on their distribution providers. The result would be to deter investments in new high-speed networks we need to raise US productivity and incomes.
I testified on June 13 at Senate Commerce Committee hearings on the subject on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Should you have trouble sleeping some night I suggest that you read my testimony or if you really can’t sleep watch the entire hearings.