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WSJ Net Neutrality Editorial by Cisco: “Neutrality Check”


June 9, 2006 - 0 Comments

SAN JOSE, CA – For the record, I wanted to bring your attention to the op-ed published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal by Cisco SVP, Chief Development Officer and President of Linksys, Charlie Giancarlo. It lays out our argument for why net neutrality is a bad idea. By all accounts, it was widely circulated on Capitol Hill prior to the vote on HR5252, the bill that addressed net neutrality, and had a positive impact. Net neutrality vote failed by an overwhelming margin (nearly 2/3’s of House voted against.)Op-ed, in part, states: “Is regulation needed to accomplish ‘Net neutrality’? The prudent policy at this point would be not to regulate. First, the Internet is still in its adolescence, and it is undergoing rapid change. Regulation would lock in rules and practices that might seem correct today, but could create havoc tomorrow. Instead, we should allow the massive convergence to Internet technology to continue unabated, and regulators should address specific problems on a case-by-case basis.”You can access the full op-ed here. Paid subscription required.

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