Hazlett Op-ed In Wall Street Journal Jul 15, 2014
Should the Federal Communications Commission impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on the internet? This currently popular proposal for increased regulation of a dynamic sector of commerce fails to respect the history of dynamic competition in the development of the internet, say Clemson Professor Thomas Hazlett and FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright in the Wall Street Journal.
They write: "The modern, open Internet evolved in the marketplace, with customers and firms making unregulated deals. The government's primary contribution has been to clear out the "public utility" regulations that would have stifled it. As FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai explained in February when the FCC announced its latest attempt to salvage net-neutrality rules: 'The Internet was free and open before the FCC adopted net-neutrality rules. It remains free and open today. Net neutrality has always been a solution in search of a problem.'"
"The FCC claims that a neutrality mandate serves consumers, but overwhelming historical and economic evidence suggests otherwise. ... If you think the Internet is broken today, wait until the FCC administers case-by-case approvals of traffic agreements to fix it. "