McDowell: Collaboration Over Regulation

by on July 28, 2008 · 4 comments

Though Adam has already declared the end of the world (and himself “man enough” to admit it – let’s let others judge that, hmm, Adam?), FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell sounds a less dire, but still very cautionary note in this WaPo Op-Ed.

A taste:

If we choose regulation over collaboration, we will be setting a precedent by thrusting politicians and bureaucrats into engineering decisions. Another concern is that as an institution, the FCC is incapable of deciding any issue in the nanoseconds that make up Internet time. And asking government to make these decisions could mean that every few years the ground rules would change based on election results. The Internet might grind to a halt in such a climate. It would certainly die of clogged arteries if network owners had to seek government permission before serving their customers by managing surges of information flow.

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