Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

July 31, 2010

In Broadband agreement

Associated Press
Pauls Valley Daily Democrat

Pauls Valley — To the Editor:

As a business owner and legislator, I’ve learned that the best government is the kind that doesn’t get in the way when private companies choose to invest in our state to make our lives better and more productive.

That’s why I agree with the recent article by Governor Brad Henry, “Broadband proposal the wrong approach” opposing a proposal for new federal regulations on the Internet.

The current system of light or no regulation on the Internet is working to the benefit of Oklahomans and Americans. In our own state, we enjoy affordable broadband access in communities big and small. Businesses in small towns can compete on a global scale as long as they have high-speed Internet service.

In addition to landline Internet service, wireless providers are rapidly expanding the availability of mobile broadband services to meet the demands of consumers. All of this has been possible because of the certainty of the marketplace and the lack of heavy-handed government intervention.

The Obama Administration’s proposal for a national broadband plan is a good one, but it will gain little traction among the companies that actually do the work of building the Internet if that plan is accompanied by an armload of new broadband regulations.

The telecom industry has delivered on its promises to consumers to bring affordable high-speed Internet access and it continues to so today.

As Governor Henry said, “Let’s keep the Internet free, open and unfettered from government regulations.”

 Sen. Harry Coates, Seminole