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Public Policy and the Internet in Virginia

Virginia is the Internet Capital of the world, with as many Virginians working in the telecommunications and information technology industries as there are working for the federal government. But the biggest hindrance to the future of the Internet and to the emerging technology industries is the threat of government regulation. Deregulation of the airline, electric, telephone and energy industries have either proven successful or are in the process of completion. This move away from government controls must be carefully considered before new government controls and regulation of the Internet and high tech industries are allowed to take hold.

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