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A New Study Finds that Proposed 'Net Neutrality' Regulations May End up Killing Jobs

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AS WASHINGTON CONCENTRATES ON EMPLOYMENT, IT'S ALSO CONSIDERING A SET OF NEW REGULATIONS ON THE COMMUNICATIONS-SECTOR.  HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, THESE PROPOSED-RULES--KNOWN AS "NET NEUTRALITY"--MAY END UP KILLING JOBS.  AUTHOR, BRET SWANSON, EXPLAINS...

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"IN THEIR EXTREME-FORM, 'NET NEUTRALITY' REGULATIONS COULD PROHIBIT MANY OF THE TECHNOLOGIES AND BUSINESS-PLANS USED TODAY ON THE INTERNET.  THE RULES, AS PROPOSED, WOULD APPLY MAINLY TO THE NATION'S LARGE BROADBAND-INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS--BUT, OVER TIME, WOULD LIKELY SEEP INTO ALL TECHNOLOGY AND CONTENT THAT TOUCHES THE INTERNET.  'NET NEUTRALITY' COULD SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE THE WILLINGNESS OF SERVICE-PROVIDERS TO INVEST IN NEW WIRED- AND WIRELESS-NETWORKS.  THE GENERAL-PRODUCTIVITY OF THE ECONOMY COULD SUFFER--AS THE DIGITAL-TOOLS THAT SPEED UP WORK, AROUND THE WORLD, ADVANCE AT A SLOWER PACE.  IT'S OUR VIEW THAT BOTH THE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM INTERESTS OF U-S JOBS AND INNOVATION ARE SERVED BY THE MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING 'FOUR OPEN-INTERNET PRINCIPLES'--WITHOUT NEW 'NET NEUTRALITY' REGULATION.  WASHINGTON'S CURRENT PREOCCUPATION WITH SHORT-TERM JOB-CREATION IS JUST ONE MORE REASON TO OPPOSE 'NET NEUTRALITY'.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE STUDY, VISIT "DIGITAL-SOCIETY"-DOT-ORG--OR "ENTROPY-ECONOMICS"-DOT-COM.



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