Policy

THOUGHTS FROM THE [FORMER] CHAIRMAN

3/21/2011 12:01 AM Eastern

WASHINGTON — Soon-to-be National Cable
& Telecommunications Association CEO
Michael Powell was not named to succeed
Kyle McSlarrow until last week, but the
former Federal Communications Commission
chairman was already talking like an
NCTA president-in-waiting in an interview
last March with Multichannel News about
broadband issues.

Here are some excerpts from that
March 2010 interview:

ON NETWORK NEUTRALITY: “I think you can have
net-neutrality rules that could be appropriately
light and appropriately thoughtful. I do worry
that a lot of the advocates for the concept
at the commission are looking at something
that is way more dramatic than that.” [NCTA
reached a livable compromise on the rules to
avoid that way more dramatic Title II option.]


ON TITLE II CLASSIFICATION:
“I think that idea is
an unadulterated disaster. If the commission
wants to recklessly change and try to fight the
battle to reclassify that, we will be in a period
of painful, prolonged uncertainty, confusion
and war for probably four to six years with
an undoubted trip to the Supreme Court
interspersed between. And for a country that
says it wants to dramatically up the amount of
private investment going on in broadband, that
would seem like a very backward way to do it.
[Under Powell, the FCC classified ISP access
under lighter-touch Title I information service
regulations.]

ON APPLYING NETWORK NEUTRALITY RULES TO
APPLICATIONS PROVIDERS:
“On the Web side, we
have companies that have substantially higher
monopoly market dominance than these
carriers do. We have companies on the Web
that do stuff to bias their own businesses over
other competitors’ businesses much more
dramatically I have ever seen and infrastructure
provider do.” [NCTA has said repeatedly that
if regs were applied, they should apply to all
parts of the Internet ‘ecosystem.’]

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