NCTA rushes to Time Warner Cable’s defense

Wed, 04/15/2009 - 8:10am
Brian Santo

The NCTA is trying to nip in the bud calls for a Congressional inquiry into Time Warner Cable’s bandwidth consumption tests.

NCTA president & CEO Kyle McSlarrow has posted an item on NCTA’s Cable Tech Talk blog discussing the Free Press’ circulation of a petition to demand an investigation.

“Great,” McSlarrow writes, “Hundreds of billions of dollars have been and continue to be invested by our industry in the deployment of broadband and now the deployment of next generation broadband; speeds have doubled or tripled in just the last few years; new and spectacular applications keep getting launched; no anti-competitive conduct has remotely occurred; and, in fact, compared to many other industries, the Internet ecosystem seems to be one of the few really healthy, growing, and creative parts of our economy with continued investment and innovation taking place every day. At a time of economic and financial challenges for our country, I for one would rather Congress spend its time on real problems, not fictional ones.”

McSlarrow goes on to deconstruct the Free Press argument, including the observation that the paper has actually endorsed usage-based billing in the past. Read the whole thing here.

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