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Former FCC Commissioner: Net Neutrality Is Hypothetical Problem

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 05:16 PM

By Courtney Coren

Companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix went before the Federal Communications Commission on Monday asking the federal agency to enforce net neutrality rules for all networks, but former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth says it's "a hypothetical problem."

"The issue the commission is really focused on is whether broadband providers are blocking access to certain sites or discriminating against certain sites," Furchtgott-Roth told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV on Monday. "And there's really no evidence that's happened."

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"So what we're talking about here is primarily a hypothetical problem that some people are concerned may happen in the future — that certain broadband providers may block access or discriminate against certain websites," he said.

Net neutrality supporters want Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to treat all Internet traffic equally and not slow down access to any websites for the benefit of their own companies.

Furchtgott-Roth says that net neutrality "is entirely about trying to conjure up interpretations of communications law to give the FCC more authority to regulate."

The former FCC commissioner contends that creating more regulation will not do anything to speed up broadband in the country and may actually "lead in the opposite direction."


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