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Regulate the competition

Although he favors regulation of broadband service providers, Google CEO Eric Schmidt thinks it would be a terrible idea for the government to involve itself as a regulator of the broader Internet, according to the Washington Post.

It is possible for the government to screw the Internet up, big-time.

For one thing, regulation isn’t easily contained. For another, if the government “screws” Internet access, the Internet as a whole could suffer.
Google’s continuing support for network neutrality regulation underlines the fact that Google has a higher market share than any of the broadband service providers it seeks to regulate. Google is the subject of an antitrust probe; broadband service providers are not.