American ISP industry criticism, suggestions for improvement | BGR: "David Cay Johnston has written a good piece in the New York Times this week outlining all the ways the American market for Internet services — and wireline services in particular — is truly godawful. Johnston’s arguments are familiar by now but that doesn’t make them any less relevant, especially his nuggets on how American consumers pay vastly more for “bundled” Internet, television and phone services than consumers overseas. For example, Johnston notes that “on average… a triple-play package that bundles Internet, telephone and television sells for $160 a month with taxes” whereas “in France the equivalent costs just $38.” So it’s obvious that America has a problem when it comes to Internet services. The question, then, becomes what to do about it. Happily, I think there are some emerging solutions that are right in front of our eyes that don’t even require heavy-handed government intervention along the lines of breaking up the telecom companies. In no particular order, here are three ways both American citizens and the government can help create a much better ISP market than the one we have today. Support fiber initiatives wherever they sprout up. Google Fiber gets most of the attention, and rightly so since Google (GOOG) is the only company right now with the clout to do large-scale fiber deployments in several major cities in the United States. . . . "
The Internet Isn't Broken; So Why Is The ITU Trying To 'Fix' It? | Techdirt: "Neelie Kroes, the VP of the EU Commission and in charge of the EU's Digital Agenda tweeted simply:
The internet works, it doesn't need to be regulated by ITR treaty. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.And that's the thing. The internet works just fine. The only reason to "fix" it, is to "break" it in exactly the way the ITU wants, which is to favor a few players who have done nothing innovative to actually deserve it."
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