There was considerably less discussion about what impact new rules would have on small businesses and startups. (The
But Web advocates are concerned that the
A recent report by
The pipeline is already being hogged by certain businesses.
Net neutrality "gets us policing over the existing broadband providers, and we certainly need that," he said, "but what we need to do is push on every front to promote more competition. Add a little more spectrum from wireless and we should sweep aside laws in states that actually prohibit municipalities from having their own [broadband] networks."
There's no longer a monopoly in broadband, but Werbach said "it's also clear we don't have lots and lots of [broadband] providers, aggressively competing." He said that would "require all levels of government to open up markets to competition and get private-investment capital to flow to those alternatives. And we need the
And we can't just let the market sort it all out. "More competition doesn't mean we don't need new net-neutrality rules. Your broadband provider, whoever it is, still controls your traffic and you may or may not know what they're doing with it," Werbach said. "But having more competition makes it far less likely that anti-competitive behaviors will happen."
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