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Lawrence Lessig: FCC Beyond Repair, Should be Abolished

Lawrence Lessig has proposed that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is corrupt beyond repair and that "President Obama should get Congress to shut down the FCC and similar vestigial regulators, which put stability and special interests above the public good." In a Newsweek exclusive opinion piece, Lessig urges that failure to "demolish regulators" charged with overseeing the nations digital pipelines will stifle the Skypes and YourTubes of the future.

"In their place, Congress should create something we could call the Innovation Environment Protection Agency (iEPA), charged with a simple founding mission: 'minimal intervention to maximize innovation.' The iEPA's core purpose would be to protect innovation from its two historical enemies-excessive government favors, and excessive private monopoly power."

Read full story: Newsweek

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Lessig is both self-serving and a corporate sellout. Anonymous Coward  –  Dec 27, 2008 10:15 PM PDT

Lessig first says that there should be "minimum intervention" in markets. But then, he turns around and advocates "network neutrality" — an agenda which is so interventionist that it demands that Internet providers not be able to charge more for services that cost more to provide. (Lessig was a strong advocate of penalizing Comcast when it simply limited the extent to which bandwidth hogs could degrade the service of other users of the network.) So, what Lessig is really saying here is, "Don't regulate anything except those things which I or my corporate supporters want to regulate." Oh, and since Lessig's think tank at Stanford (the "Center for the Internet and Society") is funded by Google (see the announcement at http://www.law.stanford.edu/news/pr/48/Google Inc. Pledges $2M to Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society/), he just happens to advocate the Internet regulation and policy which Google wants.

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