Lessig: Ditch The FCC, Replace It With Innovation Agency

Michael Masnick, TechDirt, Dec 25, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Lawrence Lessig calls for the abolition of the FCC, and the creation of an alternative agency, set up to provide "minimal intervention to maximize innovation." This is bad advice. Getting government out of the marketplace does not solve anything. It does not produce innovation - quite the opposite. And when the government is absent from the marketplace, corruption abounds, as it did in the financial services market. I agree, the government should not be 'picking winners' with preferential funding. But it should foster innovation and support national priorities. And it should set the ground rules and enforce them. This is what the FCC is supposed to do - that it fails to do so is not the fault of too much government, but a distinct lack of it
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