The lesson Congress should take from this incident is that the telecommunications networks are too vital to leave to industry self-regulation.

Verizon and AT&T, along with the cable TV companies, are the biggest providers of broadband access. Verizon Wireless, the company’s wireless unit, is the biggest provider of wireless Internet access. It’s not just about who charges how much — as important as that is. The providers want the power to give preferential treatment for some content and restrict other sources.

These decisions are too vital to our economy and our democracy to leave solely to industry.

NYT Editorial response to Verizon Wireless “phantom charges” issue: Industry self-regulation in telecommunications isn’t good enough. 100% agreed.