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Susan Crawford On Why U.S. Internet Access Is Slow, Costly And Unfair – VIDEO



Susan Crawford On Why U.S. Internet Access Is Slow, Costly And Unfair - VIDEO

Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest — rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago.

“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,” Crawford tells Bill.



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2 Responses to Susan Crawford On Why U.S. Internet Access Is Slow, Costly And Unfair – VIDEO

  1. Achoo on 14/02/2013 at 04:12

    Mechasr is right–
    This is a great read, and it’s a threat to our democracy on a foundational level. A lack of internet communication is form of unequal freedom of speech.

  2. mechasr on 12/02/2013 at 22:41

    What an awesome and enlightening interview. And for me, this is a call to action. What Crawford is talking about is bigger than SOPA. We stopped that – I hope all of us who depend on internet access (which basically means everybody) will shout out to social media and the politicians until they are compelled to inact legislation which serves the National interest and the consumers best interest by requiring telecom companies to do more than just line their pockets at our expense.

    The “magic of the market” is a myth that’s tearing down our country. In the case of telecommunications it started with the breakup of ATT (Ma Bell) into the baby bells. It was supposed to promote competition and at first it did. But unfortunately it was finalized just as the era of Reagan deregulation came into full force. After a period of mergers, leveraged buyouts, and other chaotic shuffling, the current telecom giants emerged as unregulated megacorps. After that they merged with content providers so that now a small handful of companies hold monopolistic power over both the internet infrastructure and content.

    As Crawford says: “they’re not in the business of making sure everybody has good internet access”. They’re in the business of raking more and more out of those who have the excess income to afford it and trying to just avoid those who don’t.

    The U.S needs productive investment. We need to fix roads and bridges and bury the power lines. And we need to lay fiber down next to the power lines while we do it.

    It is indeed true that “government’s role to stand up against the ethic that might makes right”, and that includes constraining the monopolistic practices of the giant telecom companies. Crawford is sounding like the Elizabeth Warren of telecommunications. I sooo hope she becomes head of the FCC.