I’d love to hear a critique of this 2016 WaPo article Why treating the Internet as a public utility is bad for consumers
"(…) For the Internet, regulation as a public utility represents a dangerously poor fit. For one thing, Internet access is no monopoly. According to the FCC’s own data, nearly 70 percent of American households have a choice among three or more wired providers, including cable, telephone companies and new entrants such as Google Fiber. One need only watch television ads for a few minutes to see fierce competition among providers. And it works: Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers switch networks every year — hardly the behavior of a monopoly. (…) "
The analysis is a characteristically shallow wade through monopolistic/oligopolistic ideologies.
The ONLY reason that these $#!**s do not want it to be regulated as a utility is because it is the next best thing to physical earth for innovation, INCLUSION and development.
God forbid that municipalities function as UNENSLAVED COMMUNITIES and bringing to residents the means for making the advances that the monopolies (oligopolies) want to hoard for themselves.
The headline is correct, but the story leaves out/distorts a few key issues:
The article suggests this kind of autocratic behavior on behalf of corporations is new and not a result of their purpose (make profit) and structure (non-accountable and top-down decision-making on behalf of the oligarchs that own them).
Simply put, this is the politcal-economy of capitalism in its normal operations.
More importantly, the article also suggests that the Dims are somehow in opposition to the Duopoly that they have been a part of for centuries. That little energizer bunny meme is a permanent feature of “governance” in the U.S.
More importantly, the oligarchs, corporatists and Rethugs and Dims get away with this because there are no progressive and/or revolutionary forces, parties, coalitions, etc. with enough power to take the oligarchs and their flunkies on.
Plus a footnote: leading with a paen to the “Founding Fathers” who founded a nation based on property-owning male white supremacy is truly a sickening and insulting thing for any “progressive” elected official to do in 2018. The fact that Khanna does it shows both his lack of basic historical knowledge and general callowness – traits that have become requirements in the official U.S. body politic.
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I meant to add a link to the Community Broadband ORG
Check out the NUMEROUS communities across the nation fighting back to wrest the utility of the internet from oligopoly
Weŕe talking gigabit when the $#!t streaming oligopoly needs an infusion to rise about the level of “developing countries”!!
The suggestions here will not come close to solving all the problems associated with Facebook and Google but these type of regulations should be passed by Congress. Both Facebook and Google are also too big and should be broken up.