New York, June 23, 2014—The Federal Trade Commission is designed to protect the competitive process in the United States and is not equipped to serve as the guardian of an open Internet, Columbia Law School Professor Tim Wu told members of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in a June 20 hearing.
“For the agency to safeguard the open Internet would be to make it an agency dedicated to the protection of speech, innovation and non-economic values,” Wu’s written testimony states. “It would require the development of different kind of expertise and mindset at the agency. And, of course, that would come at the expense of losing some of the focus that the agency has now, rendering it less effective at enforcement of consumer protection and antitrust norms.”
Read Wu’s testimony.
The hearing was titled “Net Neutrality: Is Antitrust Law More Effective Than Regulation in Protecting Consumers and Innovation?”