Posted by: Jim Cicconi on December 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm
Whatever one’s perspective, everyone involved in our industry knows how long the road to the FCC’s current proceeding on an open Internet has been. Today, I sent a letter to the FCC, which is similar to a filing I made last month. These letters, which build on the work and thoughts of others, outline a way forward – a middle ground that will accomplish the President’s, the Congress’, and the Commission’s goal of an open and universally available Internet.
Public policy often works best when it’s based on what has come before. In this area, we have a good starting point: the FCC’s existing Internet Policy Statement. The next building block on the way forward is a very thoughtful letter that Senator Olympia Snowe sent to the FCC on October 22. She focused on maintaining today’s “openness and freedom” for users while ensuring that government doesn’t inadvertently undermine the efforts to achieve affordable, ubiquitous broadband.
This same focus also lies at the heart of the statement titled “Finding Common Ground on an Open Internet,” jointly posted by Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless, and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, on October 21, 2009. Those companies, in our view, avoid embracing a strict nondiscrimination standard and instead focus on forms of discrimination that are unreasonable or anticompetitive.