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  •  Anyone not blinded by corruption can see that (2+ / 0-)
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    lotlizard, StrayCat

    the internet is a common carrier.  It carries all kinds of communication to almost everyone.  Local internet service providers (ISPs) are de facto monopolies: multiple competing fiber networks in the same neighborhood would be grossly wasteful and in fact the big providers divide up the market like a cartel.

    Wikipedia is an information service.  GoogleMaps is an information service.  The Internet is a common carrier by any reasonable definition.  However,

    The problem began in 2002, when Michael K. Powell, the F.C.C. chairman who now heads the cable industry’s trade association, decided to exempt high-speed Internet access from so-called common carriage regulation. Those rules, applied most notably to phone service, bar providers from discriminatory service — everyone who pays a phone bill gets the same quality of service.
    -- Susan Crawford, in the article cited in the diary.
    Powell is now making MUCH more as head of the industry than he did when head of the FCC.  That kind of revolving door/express elevator may be perfectly legal, but it stinks of corporruption.

    FCC, do your job.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 09:02:34 PM PST

    •  sorry abt the double post, it seemed to disappear (0+ / 0-)

      the first time I tried to post it, and I didn't see it when I started to retype.  Second version is a little better IMO.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 09:09:08 PM PST

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    •  Son of Colin Powell. A Republican, of course. (0+ / 0-)

      (sees bricked-up windows and curses) $#@!! A glitch in the Matrix! Run!

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

      by lotlizard on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:44:10 AM PST

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