CHICAGO (Dec. 21, 2010) – Technology policy experts at The Heartland Institute offer the following comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 vote December 21 to impose net neutrality rules.

Jim Lakely, co-director of the Center on the Digital Economy at The Heartland Institute:

“The FCC’s ruling is good news for attorneys, who will bill countless hours to fight this illegal power-grab in court. For everyone else, especially those who have enjoyed the wonders of the digital age, this is bad news.

“The modern Internet exists because market forces drove investment and innovation. The only regret the average consumer experienced under such freedom was not upgrading faster to the latest version of the coolest new device or service. It is this ‘flawed’ market three members of the FCC were determined to ‘fix.’

“Instead of fixing the market, the FCC will succeed only in stifling it by declaring itself the sole gatekeeper to the future of the digital economy. And instead of working to meet the demands of consumers, technology companies will instead turn their attention to Washington and spend resources convincing the FCC to rig the market in their favor. Only a bureaucrat could think that’s an improvement over the status quo.”

For additional comment, contact Jim Lakely at or 312/731-9364.