Why is American internet so slow?

The country that literally invented the internet is now behind Estonia in terms of download speeds

Source: theweek.com

"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.

http://www.fcc.gov/comments

Other online places with great info and more links:

 

Freepress.net’s SaveTheInternet

http://www.savetheinternet.com/what-can-i-do

 

ACLU

https://www.aclu.org/net-neutrality

 

 

(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.

 

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