The Center for Individual Freedom this week joined with other national free market organizations to send a letter to the House of Representatives warning members against burdensome regulation of the Internet.
The letter was delivered as the House Energy and Commerce Telecom Subcommittee was preparing to hold its hearing on the so-called the Internet Freedom Preservation Act (H.R. 5353), sponsored by Representative Ed Markey (D-MA).
“[W]e, the undersigned organizations, on behalf of our millions of members and supporters, encourage you to support the free market principles that have enabled the Internet to become one of the most successful innovations in history,” the letter reads.
“Unfortunately, proponents of regulating the Internet through so-called Net Neutrality are pushing the type of government intervention that is counter-intuitive to successful ventures. Simply put, the idea of Net Neutrality, which has been called “the web’s worst new idea” by the Wall Street Journal, goes against the basic rules of the free market.”
The letter goes on to point out that Net Neutrality regulation flies in the face of basic free-market principles, including:
There should be no preemptive regulation of an industry or service in response to a hypothetical problem;
There should not be increased intrusion of the government into the free market and private sector; and
The government should not be used to solve perceived market shortfalls.
To read the letter, click here.May 7, 2008
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