The Information and Technology Foundation supports the Open Internet framework adopted by the FCC today. The order brings an especially dramatic chapter in the Internet’s story to a successful close and benefits the Internet economy. While the framework is not everything that we would have liked, it nevertheless represents progress.
Out of deference to the unique role the United States has played in the development of the Internet, national regulators the world over have awaited Commission action before taking decisive steps of their own. The FCC has now provided them with an insightful and generally correct model that builds on the Internet’s traditions of governing itself according to “rough consensus and running code” rather than rigid, authoritarian proscriptions. The Internet thrives because of collaboration, openness, and a unique ability to adapt to a fluid landscape of changing needs and opportunities. The consensus process that produced his order reflects Internet values, and we hope that the details of the order fully reflect this spirit when they’re finally made public.
The clarity the order provides could not come at a more opportune time. For many years, visionaries have predicted the rise of digital convergence, a future in which video conferencing and media streaming would be enabled on the same networks that connect us with traditional web sites, and it’s finally here: Skype users made 35 billion minutes of video calls in the first half of