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Singer Makes Case for Case-By Case Approach to Discrimination

Will tell FCC that blanket prohibition on paid priority is wrong way to go
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Look for economist Hal Singer, senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, to promote a case-by-case approach to regulating Interenet discrimination complaints.  

Singer is among the panelists for the FCC's second-to-last network neutrality forum Thursday (Oct. 2) at the FCC in Washington.  

According to prepared remarks, Singer, who points out that he has worked with independent cable nets on a number of discrimination complaints before the FCC, plans to say that economists and engineers who have looked at the issue believe paid priority could (emphasis Singer's) be a good thing for all concerned, including consumers. He says they could be used for "bad" as well as good, like anticompetitive favoring of an ISP's own content. But that, for instance, the packets associated with telemedicine demand better treatment than those carrying a cat video. That is why all priority deals should not be banned. 

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