The policy wonks at the Progress and Freedom Foundation have long worked to oppose the creation of overly restrictive “network neutrality” regulations, for example releasing the “The Digital Age Communications Act’s Regulatory Framework and Network Neutrality: A Statement of the DACA Regulatory Framework Working Group” by Randolph May, James Speta, Kyle Dixon, James Gattuso, Raymond Gifford, Howard Shelanski, Douglas Sicker and Dennis Weisman. Here is a sample:
Beyond the general incorporation of competition law principles, [the Digital Age Communications Act] also states that it is an unfair method of competition to substantially impede the interconnection of public communications facilities and services in circumstances in which the denial of interconnection causes substantial harm to consumer welfare. This “interconnection authority” is not necessarily dependent on traditional antitrust doctrine. Given the result of the Trinko case and the importance of interconnection in communications markets, the DACA provides separate authority for the FCC to order interconnection. [Footnote omitted]
I, personally, am of the wonk persuasion, and I favor the wonks in this battle. The lengthy treatise is also my weapon of choice.
But against ninja? The PFF boys don’t stand a chance.