- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Kudos to The Washington Times for its editorial “Squashing Internet freedom” (Opinion, Thursday) and its proposed solution to “let the market decide” the net neutrality issue.

Though some people may bemoan “monopolistic” telecommunications companies, the fact is, according to data gathered by the Federal Communications Commission itself, that 88 percent of Zip Codes have four or more broadband providers, and 77 percent have five or more providers. Despite regulators’ best efforts, consumer choice still drives the market.

We are moving into an age when broadband is delivered not only by phone and cable lines but also wirelessly and by satellite. In such an emergent field, what we need is not net neutrality but FCC neutrality.

EVAN BANKS

Research associate

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Washington

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