The country that literally invented the internet is now behind Estonia in terms of download speeds
"The idea of a regulated market being more conducive to competition may be alien to free market ideologues, but telecoms and internet is a real world example of deregulation leading to monopolization instead of competition in lots of markets."
– John Aziz, The Week
Too much deregulation and crony capitalism is on bold display in the telecommunications industry.
When any president, but especially a Democratic president, makes an industry lobbyist the chairman of the FCC, we have been betrayed and we must speak up.
Make your concerns known to the FCC.
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(Below is the text I submitted to the FCC. Feel free to copy, change, and paste as you see fit.)
I’m certain you’re aware that we have fallen behind as a country when it comes to Internet speeds because of the lack of competition. (See http://www.netindex.com/download/allcountries/)
That has happened by all accounts because of a lack of competition.
To allow fewer and fewer ISPs to control markets and to hold all of us hostage – whether it’s activists, news outlets, content providers, or consumers – to the pricing whims of monopolies is going to hurt everyone except for the large ISPs like Comcast, TW, AT&T, and Verizon.
Please do the right thing.
Please enforce strong net neutrality rules, and please consider taking former FCC commissioner Michael Copps’s recommendation to re-regulate ISPs as Title II common carriers.