Posts Tagged ‘Monopoly’

illusion of choice

(1) The Big Picture: Why Our Internet Access Is Slow, Costly and Unfair (Susan Crawford on BillMoyers.com)

Susan Crawford tells Bill Moyers:

The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we’re creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality

(2) Current Events: Comcast’s deal with Netflix makes network neutrality obsolete (Timothy B. Lee, The Washington Post, 2014-2-23)

For the past two decades, the Internet has operated as an unregulated, competitive free market. Given the tendency of networked industries to lapse into monopoly—think of AT&T’s 70-year hold over telephone service, for example—that’s a minor miracle. But recent developments are putting the Internet’s decentralized architecture in danger.