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(s nflx) and Comcast(s cmcsa) 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.