On February 24, Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, gave a speech
to The Media Institute in which he said: “Given all the human actors involved in the Internet with all their competing interests, we have to ask, do governments have to be involved to sort out these interests so that the Internet will continue to thrive?” He answered his own question as follows: “I say yes but, just as emphatically, I say that the government’s role need not be one of a heavy-handed regulator.”
Well, that set the cat among the pigeons! The resulting headlines included: “NTIA Chief: Net Needs a Ref,” “US Gov’t.
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