FCC Chief Says Antitrust Laws Won't Keep Internet Open

Law360, New York (May 5, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT) -- The head of the Federal Communications Commission told a House subcommittee Thursday that the agency's controversial net neutrality rules are necessary because antitrust laws alone cannot provide consumers with sufficient protection in the broadband Internet marketplace.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told lawmakers at a hearing at the House subcommittee on intellectual property, competition, and the internet that repealing the rules would “increase uncertainty, decrease investment and hurt job creation," and that the agency's rules were good for consumers and for businesses.

The proposed net neutrality rules,...
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