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June 28, 2006


Thomas Ho

What is C4CC's position on network neutrality?


Thanks for asking about C4CC's stance on net neutrality, Thomas. We've been very clear that while we respect the concerns people have raised about net neutrality, we believe Step One is to remove the current barriers to entry that are slowing down the entry of competitive providers into the video market. There is great support for competitive cable choice and if considered on its own, we believe it will be enacted and consumer benefits will be swift in coming. With healthy competition in the marketplace, customers who are unhappy with their current provider can switch and hopefully find better service. Most American cable customers who are unhappy now with their cable providers can't switch -- unless its to switch their cable off altogether. They can, however, find another provider for every other communication service. Why should cable TV be any different?

The concerns raised by those seeking the addition of net neutrality provisions to the cable competition bill are complex and worthy of debate -- but there's plenty of time for that debate next year. The term "net neutrality" hasn't been defined yet, so how can it adequately be remedied?


"but there's plenty of time for that debate next year"

So you do not want to adress the issue because....

Space on the blog is limited?
"We want to avoid touching the issue altogether, because if we say anything, we either loose credibility in the public, or get slapped by our corporate sponsors" ?


I keep quoting these dead white guys for a reason. We seem to be repeating some particularly nasty history, right now.

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