In 1999, Scott Cleland endorses 'net neutrality

In 1999, Scott Cleland endorses 'net neutrality

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UPDATE: Scott tells me he's changed his positions. He's a really nice guy.

Hey, remember that not all lobbyists are bad, taking money for causes that hurt the country.

From The Washington Post, Scott's quoted as saying:

"Cable is the fifth wire into America's homes," Cleland says. "The principle of nondiscrimination applies to the other four. The electric company cannot tell you what kind of brand of appliance to buy, the gas company can't tell you what kind of furnace or stove to buy. The water company can't tell you what kind of faucet or sink to buy. The telephone company can't tell you what kind of or brand of phone to buy or who to do business with over your phone. Why should cable?"

and from his testimony before ongress:

"The success of robust broadband competition depends on required open-access to broadband access platforms… A fully competitive broadband market depends on the combination of both facilities-based competition between broadband pipes and resale competition on all local broadband access pipes."

"Without required open-access of local broadband access platforms in the increasingly complex market for broadband bundles, competitive forces won't develop sufficiently or rapidly enough to ensure that consumers are offered maximum choice and protection from anticompetitive pricing of broadband vertical services."

Scott might be a little too much into regulation for my taste, but reasonable men can agree:

Scott Cleland, an analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based telecom research group Prescursor, said in testimony before a Senate subcommittee in April that the alternative phone services — including wireless and Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, or VoIP — are creating options for businesses and consumers. Solid regulation, he added, will ensure that the marketplace remains competitive.

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