By Sara Jerome - 05/04/11 06:36 PM EDT
Republican Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell will testify at a net-neutrality hearing on Thursday that existing antitrust laws are sufficient to prevent abuses by service providers, according to a copy of his opening statement obtained by The Hill.
The Thursday hearing is before the House Judiciary Competition subcommittee, where subpanel Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is considering tweaks to antitrust law to protect Internet openness.
McDowell will argue that:
• "Nothing is broken in the broadband Internet access market that needs fixing;
• Congress never gave the FCC the legal authority to act as it did;
• The order is likely to cause more harm than good; and
• Sufficient antitrust and consumer protection laws exist to prevent and cure any of the contemplated harms outlined in the order."