Jeff Devine

I only tell you what to do because I love you

Michael Copps on Net Neutrality

An excellent explanation of why we need government involvement in Net Neutrality.

The private sector is always the lead locomotive. It’s always the engine that gets things done. It’s where the creativity comes from. But we build best when there’s some public/private partnership. And you can go back to the early history, when our infrastructure need at that time was to have bridges and turnpikes and roads and canals. We did all that together. We got electricity out to everybody that way, even plain old telephone service.

The aberration was the eight years between 2001 and 2009, when we became somehow captive to this unhistorical aberration, that the market could do all of this by itself and let’s forget public policy altogether. And as a result of that, we’re 15 or 20th, or something like that, in the world with regard to getting broadband out to all of our citizens.

We’re falling behind. And this is an opportunity-creating technology that is the central infrastructure challenge of the early part of the 21st century. We need to get serious about it, and we have not been serious about it, until the last year or so.