Net Neutrality: I told you so

Last summer, I criticized the FCC’s Comcast P2P decision for actually hurting the cause of network neutrality that it supposedly advanced.  One of my arguments was that the FCC reviewing broadband discrimination complaints on a case-by-case basis would relieve the pressure in Congress for legislation.  Looks like that’s what’s happening:

Boucher Opts For Talks, Not Legislation, On Net Neutrality

Congress Daily

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

by <mailto:dhatch@nationaljournal.com>David Hatch

In a major departure from previous Democratic strategy, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is scrapping the idea of pursuing legislation mandating an openly accessible Internet in favor of negotiations with stakeholders aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord.

It will be interesting to watch how this plays out.  The environment is clearly different with a pro-Net Neutrality Democrat in the White House, and an FCC with a Democratic majority.  On the other hand, a major argument for mandating network neutrality was to remove it from the vagueries of FCC politics.

Disclaimer: It should go without saying, but this blog represents my own personal views, not those of the Obama Administration or the FCC.