Wednesday, February 10, 2016

U.S. Internet: 'Worst of Both Worlds'?

Says Susan Crawford in "Captive Audience," her book about the Comcast-NBC deal and our online future

U.S. Internet: 'Worst of Both Worlds'?

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When it comes to Internet access "America has the worst of both worlds: no competition and no regulation," writes Ivy League law professor, ex-Obama aide and "Net neutrality" advocate Susan Crawford, in her new book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age (Yale University Press.)

"'Comcast is a great American success story, but its interests are not necessarily aligned with those of the country as a whole,'" Crawford writes. "'The only threat it faces is action by the government" to make it carry competitors [such as Netflix], the way phone companies and railroads and other utilities do.

"That won't happen, she concludes, until Internet service in the United States has fallen so far behind other countries that it becomes a matter of national security the government can't avoid." - From "Net access vs. net profits," my review in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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