Monday, January 16, 2006

Internet has grown through Regulation

David Isenburg and Lawrence Lessig point out that regulation and unbundling (in particluar Computer II) are what have been responsible for the growth of the Internet. Not just in the US, but in the world. In France, Japan, Korea (and now UK where BT was just broken up), regulation is what is driving broadband penetration. Broadband is becoming a utility - a requirement for economic equivalence. Do highways, railroads, and power grids get built by private industry? No. So why, not regulate the growth and development of the internet? (Well, because 60,000 lobbyists and lawyers with satchels of Tele-Baron cash say no).

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