The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t know enough about the exchange of traffic on the Internet to determine whether it should issue regulations that might prevent disputes that degrade Internet service to consumers.
Ruth Milkman, chief of staff for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, spoke today at a Progressive Policy Institute event titled “Should the FCC Serve as Internet Traffic Cop?”
Milkman described how the FCC has historically regulated interconnections in the landline telephone and wireless markets, taking anything from a “lighter touch” rulemaking approach to price regulation. Connections involving Internet service providers, Internet “backbones,” Web services, and content delivery networks (CDNs) have avoided regulation, albeit with some bumps in the road.
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