Statements On FCC Chairman Pai’s Speech

The following may be attributed to Daniel Berninger, founder, VCXC and convener of the TechInnovator initiative:

“The conviction of the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to follow statute and precedent provides welcome relief from his predecessor.  It seems long overdue to recognize the flaws in the basic premises motivating advocates to impose vacuum tube era regulation on the Internet.  The theoretical bit molesting problem Tim Wu imagines in the 2003 paper sparking the debate simply never materialized.  If advocates fail to join Chairman Pai offer to resolve hostilities amicably via agency process, a final confrontation looms before the Supreme Court of the United States.”

The following may be attributed to Tom Evslin, founder & former CEO, ITXC and charter member of the TechInnovator initiative:

“Twenty years of resisting calls to regulate the Internet in both Democratic and Republican administrations led to a burst of job and wealth creation, powered by innovation. The FCC decision in 2015 that the Internet should be regulated under rules built for a monopoly telephone network in 1934, allegedly solving a problem of “discrimination” by Internet access providers which doesn’t exist, has instead reduced competition and investment in Internet access, especially in rural and poor areas. At the end of the 20th century it was telcos who wanted the Internet regulated to protect them from competition. Google was for an unregulated Internet and benefitted from it. Ironically it is now Google who wants to protect its dominant position with the dead hand of regulation. Both Trump supporters and members of the “resistance” should be able to agree that we don’t want our Internet access controlled by Presidential appointees. Kudos to FCC Chairman Pai for starting the process of declining that regulatory authority.”