Testimony of Kyle D. Dixon Before The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Net Neutrality

Published February 7, 2006

The debate over whether to enact a “network neutrality” mandate is no mere regulatory squabble; it confronts Congress with momentous decisions that will affect generations of Americans. We know that all the components of the broadband Internet — from networks to applications, content and devices — are critical to maximizing consumer welfare. In order to further this central goal of communications regulation, I urge Congress to remain cautious about imposing network a neutrality mandate at this early stage in the development of the broadband Internet. Imposing “neutrality” where it is not necessary to remedy abuses of market power could be far more damaging than endorsing a “solution in search of a problem.” Doing so could make a network neutrality mandate itself the problem.