Yesterday, Ars Technica (man, I love cool Latin blog names!) covered a report on Net Neutrality by the Federal Trade Commissionâ€™s Internet Access Task Force. The report, “Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy,” minimizes the debate, noting that there are few current problems in the area.
In a statement, FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras said:
This report recommends that policy makers proceed with caution in the evolving, dynamic industry of broadband Internet access, which generally is moving toward more â€“ not less â€“ competition. In the absence of significant market failure or demonstrated consumer harm, policy makers should be particularly hesitant to enact new regulation in this area.
Despite the official auspices of the report and statement, this marks only a recommendation to legislators, not law or official policy. The FTC also notes that the FCC and the Department of Justice could also claim jurisdiction over the issue. Because, you know, there just isn’t enough red tape out there already.