But what really captured this reader's attention was the final point:
But as the Senate weighs whether or how to intervene on net neutrality, Andrew Odlyzko, a former Bell Laboratories scientist who now directs the University of Minnesota's Digital Technology Center, noted that the last time network expansion was driven solely by the market, things did not turn out so well. The irony, he said, is that we might not be having this debate if corporations had not overinvested in backbone expansion in the 1990s.Some too-big corporations made some lousy business decisions. And now the biggest of them want us to bail them out by allowing them find new revenue sources by killing net neutrality. Let's not reward incompetence.
'The largely wasted investment in long-haul fiber during the bubble was about $100 billion,'' he said. 'If you took that hundred billion, that would probably be enough to pay for fiber-to-the-home for two-thirds of the United States.'