Boing Boing, with uncharacteristic bitterness says in its response to the article:
Maybe the answer is just more ISPs. More long-haul pipe (either physical or wireless), more rights-of-way cleared in cities, more of everything -- especially information about what a bunch of carrion-feeding, lying jackals AT&T are, and who else you can give your business to.The article itself is easy to read; disturbingly so...that it clarifies matters so nicely may be part of what upset Cory Doctrow of Boing Boing. For instance, rather than simply repeating the lame claims of the incumbents that they would never do anything to upset their customers because the competition is so fierce, the author does what a normal person might do--look around and ask "What competition?" The answer, of course, is "Damned little."
But if you don't like your Internet provider, would you really be able to go elsewhere? Cerf, who is now Google's chief Internet "evangelist," pointed out in the Senate hearing that only 53 percent of Americans now have a choice between cable modem and DSL high-speed Internet service at home. According to the FCC, 28 percent of Americans have only one of these options for broadband Internet access, and 19 percent have no option at all.
And even for that 53 percent who are lucky enough to have two choices that duopoly is not all that much of an improvement:
He adds that "every economic theory we know suggests that when there's a duopoly" -- in this case between cable broadband and phone broadband -- "there will be tacit collusion in the market."
That's true, and few reporters have the depth of understanding to recognize it.
The author goes through the technical bits with the same clarifying verve.
If you'd like to understand this noise about network neutrality this article is an excellent primer.