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December 03, 2010


Moe Levine


You could never work for Fox, for you are not fair and balanced. How long did the first ATT delay colored telephones?

I suspect you are writing for your own interest because you have a stock play that will benefit.

Frankly, your opinions have become trite and shopworn, whereas when you stuck to what you knew they were very informative.

I will be happy to pay a reasonable price to ATT or Charter (my only choices at home or office for Broadband) for their band width but I do not, repeat, do not want them providing content or having anything to do with what content I can reach, at what speed. I don't know any informed about the subject who wants ATT to monitor their use of the Internet.

In Europe and Asia consumers are getting higher speeds at lower costs, with net neutrality, so it has nothing to do with the false charges you make.

Your comments about the FCC in prior days only points out the importance of electing servants who favor consumers, something which subsidized local rates did.

Do you seriously think that we will be better off with an FCC that is in ATT's pocket?

Robert J. Berger

We're in a big catch 22. If we allow the ongoing runaway oligopoly control of both Internet transport AND content, the open marketplace of ideas will be destroyed. A major engine of innovation will be shutdown in the US and we will accelerate into loosing our first world status.

We can already see the complete stagnation of broadband deployment compared to the rest of the world since the reformation of AT&T / Verizon and the consolidation of Comcast.

If you want to see a very good example of what happens when you have an oligopoly in the Internet check out

The only tool we know of to counter monopolies and oligopolies is government regulation. But the danger of regulation isn't just that the government can be clueless, but that it is susceptible to regulatory capture. Almost all of your examples are of regulatory capture (most of those examples were driven by the dominate industry of the time.)

Yet we have no other tool to protect the common goods (the Internet is now a common good as are roads, water supplies and even the air and the ecosystem).

We can see that its possible for government regulation and policy formation can help economies. Look at China today. Or the US during the 40s thru the 60's. That doesn't mean we have to do it like those examples, but it shows that Government regulation and policy direction can help marketplaces flourish.

We need to come up with ways to represent the Common Good in marketplaces. In the mean time we need to prevent regulatory capture and make government less controlled by corporations and server the citizens better.


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