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ROUND TABLE


… On the House Judiciary Committees Telecom and Antitrust Task Force hearing regarding net neutrality …

[D]espite how we wish it were otherwise, the market for broadband Internet access is not competitive and … the network operators both domestic and foreign fully intend to extend their market power to restrict consumer choice of content by discriminatorily constraining consumer access to American content companies.
Paul Misener, Amazon.com Vice President for Global Public Policy


I make the same commitment to you that our member companies make to their customers:We will not block, impair or degrade content, applications or services. If you can go there today on the Internet, you can go there tomorrow. The functionality you have today, you will have tomorrow.
Walter B. McCormick Jr., United States Telecom Association President and CEO


Network operators have already demonstrated on many occasions that, in the absence of regulatory restraints, market forces will lead them to discriminate.
Earl W. Comstock, COMPTEL President and CEO


Given todays market, its obvious that a firm like AT&T may earn, at the margin, more money by distorting competition among Internet firms. It can, through implicit threats of degradation, extract a kind of protection money for those with the resources to pay up. Its basically the Tony Soprano model of networking, and while it makes some sense for whoever is in a position to make threats, it isnt particularly good for the nations economy, innovation or consumer welfare.
Tim Wu, Columbia Law School law professor

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