Thursday, September 02, 2010
Private companies are meeting to hammer out an agreement over net neutrality. There is only one reason they are meeting -- the government. The FCC eventually will mandate net neutrality if the companies don't reach a satisfactory solution. Private industry would prefer the Federal government to stay out of the regulatory business. What is happening here is a long-standing PR tactic used by government -- the lifted eyebrow. That is, government's expression of concern is enough to get private industry to do something before government acts. It is usually effective. Whether the companies in this case reach agreement over net neutrality or not, there is a good chance that the most contentious issues will be defined and the basis for regulation hammered out. This will make government's job easier if it has to step in.