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C4CC to FCC: Don't Over Regulate an Internet Market that Works
Jun 13, 2007 (10:06 AM EDT)

WASHINGTON, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A fully competitive, self-regulating marketplace has been key to the overwhelmingly positive impact that the Internet has had on telecommunications, technology, commerce and entertainment. Consumers for Cable Choice (C4CC) today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to resist temptation to begin regulating this market and continue to allow the open market to work.

"There is no reason for the federal government to insert itself into a system that clearly works," said C4CC President Robert K. Johnson. "Right now, consumers are treated better in the Internet service market than in any other industry. The very nature of the Internet - knowing that competition is just a click away - keeps businesses searching for the best way to serve their customers."

On behalf of more than one million C4CC coalition members, Johnson asked FCC Chairman Kevin Martin not to be swayed by the proponents - and potential beneficiaries -- of so-called "net neutrality" regulation, and to stand firm in favor of competition while the Commission reviews its Internet policy.

"Government intervention into the wide-open, consumer dominated Internet market will lead to serial rent-seeking, with one branch of the sector looking for government help against its rivals," Johnson said. "And the costs of additional regulation will be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices. Instead of allowing this to happen, we encourage FCC to continue its policy of watchful restraint."

For a complete copy of C4CC's remarks to FCC:

About Consumers for Cable Choice

C4CC is a national alliance of consumer advocacy groups and private citizens who are committed to promoting maximum choice for consumers in cable, video and broadband services. C4CC uses a combination of education and grassroots advocacy to impact change, which will result in a deregulated and pro-consumer market that stimulates fair price, more choices and better service options in the cable television industry. C4CC officers Johnson and Conran each have been advocating for policies that benefit residential and small business consumers for more than 25 years.

Media Contact: Laura Pflum 574-292-2929

CONTACT: Laura Pflum of Reed Right Communications, Inc., +1-574-292-2929,, for Consumers for Cable Choice

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