Anna-Maria Kovacs: “Let’s put consumers’ needs first in internet regulation” (Fierce Telecom)
The overwhelming majority of Americans use the internet. They communicate with their friends, family and pets over the internet. The internet helps Americans find jobs and then do their work. It connects patients to doctors and finds medical information and resources. It can locate any destination a consumer wants and locate that consumer at any destination. Over the internet, consumers can even check whether their home is locked securely and its refrigerator fully stocked. Because it has become so vital and pervasive a part of Americans’ lives, communications must flow over the internet smoothly and securely. The regulatory regime in the U.S. today is sorely inadequate to the task, because it resides in various agencies who have applied very different rules to the different parts that constitute the internet. The FCC has jurisdiction over common carriers.