In this morning’s Post, Michael Copps, a member of the FCC, sends a message to the newly reconstituted Congress by blasting America’s policy towards broadband.
By any measure, our broadband access to the internet ranks far below many other parts of the world. Most telling is that “we pay almost twice as much for connections that are one-twentieth the speed”.
So, why has this happened? That’s not hard to figure out.
How have we fallen so far behind? Through lack of competition. As the Congressional Research Service puts it, U.S. consumers face a “cable and telephone broadband duopoly.” And that’s more like a best-case scenario: Many households are hostage to a single broadband provider, and nearly one-tenth have no broadband provider at all.
It’s just as bad for business and even worse if you happen to live or work outside of a major metropolitan area.
He goes on to recommend some policies that would expand competition and lower costs.
The one thing we cannot afford is to leave this matter entirely up to the telecom/cable companies.
We already know those folks will provide the most profitable, most restrictive options available.