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Broadband lessons from Europe [Commentary]

Broadband lessons from Europe [Commentary]

As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether to regulate the Internet as a public utility, it should look to the real-world experiences of other countries that have followed that course.

Consider Europe, which has long subjected the Internet to the regulatory regime applicable to the telephone system, just as proposed in the U.S. If promoting investment in high-speed service is the goal, the results in Europe have been far from encouraging.

Parallel studies conducted by the European Commission and the U.S. government show that the U.S. focus on private investment and competition has placed it far ahead of Europe in terms of Internet speed and access. By the end...