Competition in the “Last Mile”

Via Susan Crawford, we learn that at least one government official understands what’s at stake in the telecom regulatory environment in Washington.  In support of a recent report from the FTC’s Internet Access Task Force Commissioner Jon Leibowitz opines:

Let me begin by commending the staff for this Report. It begins the process of identifying guiding principles for our growing Internet competition mission. At least as importantly, to my mind the Report provides a powerful basis for the Commission to oppose, as part of our advocacy program, future attempts by states to limit or prohibit municipalities from offering broadband to their own residents. Some of these proposed laws address legitimate questions, but others are simply unconscionable.

In the same report, he also observes:

As an agency charged with enforcing the antitrust laws, we know the importance of competition well. Increased competition means lower prices and higher quality for consumers. But the lack of competition along the “last mile” of the Internet to consumers can have an even more profound effect than high prices in local markets. It can interfere with the growth and development of the Internet everywhere.

I suppose we should be happy that at least one commissioner "gets" it, and that his commission’s mission is to promote and advance the cause of fair competition, especially when the competitors and regulators in the communications industry seem to prefer unfair competition in spite of the harm it brings to our country, its commerce and its citizens.

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