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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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April 22, 2008 7:34 AM

Commerce hearing: Corporate v. Government regulation

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nevada, is going on about how regulation would strangle the life out of the Internet. He rightly says that the future of the Internet is unpredictable. His logic stumbles when he views net neutrality as a barrier to innovation.

The lack of net neutrality law allows the telecoms and cable companies to regulate the Internet. AT&T and Comcast have both blocked and degraded content. How many more incidents do consumers need to endure before politicians like Ensign and Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H. understand that innovation, commerce, and creativity will become harder to come by if Internet regulation is left to the few companies that control our nation's networks.

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