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Enterprise group to FCC: No new Net neutrality rules

By Joseph Conn
Posted: October 13, 2010 - 12:00 pm ET

The conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute has filed public comments with the Federal Communications Commissions encouraging a hands-off regulatory policy for mobile wireless communications.

Congress has thus far punted on so-called Net-neutrality legislation in the wake of a federal court ruling in April that the FCC lacked legal authority under its current classification scheme to regulate certain broadband Internet providers. Some members of Congress instead have called on the FCC to address the issue through renewed rulemaking, and the FCC has requested public comment on how it should proceed.

The Washington-based institute argues that the FCC should just back off.

"The commission's proposed regulations on wireless and specialized services represent the very worst of the Net-neutrality push," Ryan Radia, the CEI's associate director of technology studies, said in a news release about the organization's nine-page FCC filing (PDF).

"Instead of marching forward on the path of 'open Internet' rulemaking,” Radia said, “the commission should return to the drawing board and focus on developing a truly pro-consumer approach to telecommunications rulemaking—one that fosters the creation of content and infrastructure wealth without favoring certain industries or technologies over others."

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