National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Michael Powell has a message for Capitol Hill, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, himself a former NCTA president, and others: Congress got it right in the 1996 Telecommunications Act when it concluded that "regulations can be a barrier to competition and deployment of new technologies," like the Internet.
That lesson should inform the FCC's current consideration of new net neutrality rules, Powell said in a op ed in The Hill newspaper.
Powell said regulation discourages competitive entry; entrenches incumbents; discourages investment, except in entrenched incumbents; and "kills" innovation.
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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