For the most part, that’s what we’re getting in the public debate over net neutrality.
And as this writer points out, our two major newspapers in DC (assuming you can call the Times “major”), are leaders in the misinformation campaign.
Two separate editorials from DC newspapers both oppose net neutrality efforts — and yet, both seem to be filled with outright lies or misleading half-truths. As we’ve said repeatedly, the real issue with net neutrality is that there isn’t enough competition in the broadband space. If there were real competition, network neutrality wouldn’t even be on the table for discussion.
The argument by the major telecoms that there’s lots of broadband competition, doesn’t hold water around here. I live in a crowded suburb of DC and we have exactly one choice, the cable company.
Verizon, our local telecom monopoly, doesn’t offer either DSL (not a “business area”) or their new fiber optic service (we’re not rich enough) in our neighborhood.
They also have no clue as to when either will arrive and their prices for comparable speed is NOT less than our cable system.
Completely aside from my personal experience, the telecom’s major claim that “more than 60 percent of Zip codes in the United States are served by four or more broadband providers” (and repeated in the Post) has been shown by the General Accounting Office to be crap.
As is most of their other propaganda about net neutrality.