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Go read this article in the New York Times. It articles the problems we have with U.S. broadband and where those problems come from. Not evil ISPs, but a weak regulatory environment, and to fix that we need to get politicians to talk about broadband.

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This isn’t a long post. I just want to tell y’all to go read this article from
Eduardo Porter in the New York Times, because he clearly articles the problems we have with U.S. broadband and where those problems come from. Not evil ISPs, but a weak regulatory environment. From his column:

The emerging dispute between Netflix and Comcast underscores the core weakness of the Internet economy. To reach the multitude of online services competing for your attention, you must first get through a bottleneck that is not competitive at all: High-speed broadband access.

Om and I have said this for years, and if you go back to 2008 you see where Om explains why the regulators have a hand in this. So, I encourage you to go read this article and then think about the people you are voting into Congress. Can they make decisions about broadband competition and access? Do they understand the issues? Will they let the FCC do its job, if it decides to actually stand up for the public interest and regulate in a way that maintains an open Internet? It’s an election year. These are the questions that need to be asked, and issues that politicians should be talking about.

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  1. Reblogged this on Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC and commented:
    GigaOm serves up commentary, a link to a NYT article and a call to action over the importance of Net Neutrality to our information economy. Dive in. Read. And call your legislators!

  2. Chuck Sherwood Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Actually the incumbents bottlenecking and lax regulation goes back to the late ’90s. The Tech Bubble was really caused by the Telcos and Cablecos blocking access to their faster networks that caused the bankruptcy of not just most of the CLECs ISP and Big Fiber companies since they could not connect to the bottleneck of the Last Mile but the Tech companies developing content rich, commercial websites that needed access to these networks to deliver their content, products and thus generat revenue. Dial-up could delivery for them and that what most Americans had access to then. And right on about the regulators. Between the FCC back tracking on Telco Open Access and the federal courts including the Supremes’ Brand X decision, which designated cable modem service Title I rather than a Title VI service, were the final nails in the coffin.

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