From this article:
"Americans pay so much because they don't have a choice," says Susan Crawford, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama on science, technology and innovation policy.
Although there are several national companies, local markets tend to be dominated by just one or two main providers.
"We deregulated high-speed internet access 10 years ago and since then we've seen enormous consolidation and monopolies, so left to their own devices, companies that supply internet access will charge high prices, because they face neither competition nor oversight."
You are about to pay a lot more for less courtesy of the fall of net neutrality, but the fault does not lie wholly at the feet of the judicial system. It has to do with the fact that our Internet service providers are not common carriers. In other words, it a regulatory thing.
From this article:
Under the Bush administration, the FCC was determined to deregulate the telecommunications industry. As part of that effort, it reversed its previous stance and removed Internet providers from common carrier regulations. But even as it deregulated the industry, the FCC sought to maintain the notion of net neutrality.
Unfortunately, by determining that the broadband providers weren't common carriers, it basically took away from itself the legal authority to enforce that notion. That's what the court ruled Tuesday: that the FCC can't impose common carrier rules on companies that aren't common carriers.
Both of those links offer a clear and understandable explanation of how we're getting swindled by the Big Communication lobby and how it's going to get worse. So read them (while you can) and the next time you pay your $70 (or $80 or $100) Internet bill, remember that the same service in Seoul, South Korea costs about $15.
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