Hearing #1 On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century - Sept. 13-14 at Georgetown University Law Center
Consumers must be protected from the dangers of communication monopolies. Internet service is a utility, and should be regulated like one, and providers must not be allowed to privilege certain users over others. If the federal government cannot structure a fair marketplace, states must be allowed to. A free and open internet is a cornerstone of modern democracy, not a commodity to be monetized. I have used the internet for research and communication since before it was called "the internet". I still rely on it for research and communication. Since its inception, internet communication has been regulated like a utility, like water or electricity or telephone service, and it should continue to be regulated that way.