Commentary

FTTH Council Video Makes the Case for the Unregulated Internet

The Fiber to the Home Council has produced a short, eloquent video that speaks to the importance of resisting Internet regulation. Without mentioning “network neutrality,” the video discusses the oncoming “exaflood”ââ?¬â??the explosive growth of Internet traffic now being driven by high-def video and massive multiplayer gaming. This won’t be a problem, says the video, if the industry is allowed to prepare for it. That means retaining incentives to invest, not erecting regulatory barriers to prevent it, which network neutrality certainly would do because it would prevent content and applications providers from purchasing specialized network services that can improve their customers’ experience. It’s worth noting that the FTTH Council is primarily an organization of manufacturers, and there are no telephone or cable companies among its members. Some of its members, in fact, are municipal power utilities with telecom operations, such as Provo Power and Bristol Virginia Utilities, which have no love for the incumbent side. Seems the prospect of Internet regulation is keeping more than the CEOs of AT&T and Verizon awake at night. View the video here.

Steven Titch served as a policy analyst at Reason Foundation from 2004 to 2013.

Titch's work primarily focused on telecommunications, the Internet and new media. He is a former managing editor of InfoTech & Telecom News (IT&T News) published by the Heartland Institute. His columns have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Total Telecom, and America's Network, among others.

Prior to joining Reason in 2004, Titch covered the telecommunications industry as a journalist for more than two decades. Titch was director of editorial projects for Data Communications magazine where he directed content development for supplemental publications and special projects. He has also held the positions of editorial director of Telephony, editor of Global Telephony magazine, Midwest bureau chief of CommunicationsWeek, and associate editor-communications at Electronic News.

Outside of the telecom industry, Titch conducted rich media and content development for publishers and corporate marketing groups. He has also developed and launched his own web-based media, including SecuritySquared.com, an on-line resource for the security industry.

Titch graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and English.