The Wall Street Journal has a great article on why Obama's "build more infrastructure" bits on US broadband access won't work: most Americans are stuck in monopoly or duopoly zones where they have no effective choice of competing ISP's.|
More fundamentally, nothing in the legislation would address the key reason that the U.S. lags so far behind other countries. This is that there is an effective broadband duopoly in the U.S., with most communities able to choose only between one cable company and one telecom carrier. It's this lack of competition, blessed by national, state and local politicians, that keeps prices up and services down.I have the choice of Comcrap, or Dialup. Feel free to email in your local list of choices to Michael (at) Glideunderground.com!