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The crisis proves the internet should be a public utility. In the 21st century, the internet is a basic necessity, like running water, gas, and electricity. Those without a connection right now may not be able to work, access vital information, or educate their children.

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  • Imagine if you had no internet access and had to deal with these wild times offline. While some internet service providers are stepping up in the face of coronavirus and relaxing their rules to ensure that more people without service can get it now, their charitable actions only show that such an essential

    Imagine if you had no internet access and had to deal with these wild times offline. While some internet service providers are stepping up in the face of coronavirus and relaxing their rules to ensure that more people without service can get it now, their charitable actions only show that such an essential service should be a public utility.

  • This is a capital intensive effort - it takes lots of money to build, operate and maintain large scale high-speed networks.

    Comcast (and other cable providers) operate a virtual monopoly in the sense that municipalities grant a single cable provider exclusive access to areas of the city/county. That

    This is a capital intensive effort - it takes lots of money to build, operate and maintain large scale high-speed networks.

    Comcast (and other cable providers) operate a virtual monopoly in the sense that municipalities grant a single cable provider exclusive access to areas of the city/county. That said, they still compete with telephone companies and other providers (like wireless and satellite) for internet access.

    What keeps access costs down for high-speed data is competition - make no mistake, creating a government monopoly is not guarantee of innovation, quality or low cost.

    This is a similar aspect that we lived through when the telephone and before that telegraph were being rolled out - the FCC can regulate access. Phone companies were (and I believe still are) required to offer basic low cost home phone lines for low income households.

    Wireless is the game changer, and 5G will make it so that anyone can compete for user access to high-speed, rather than nationalize Comcast or other high-speed providers, we need to accelerate the deployment of 5G.

  • I think important to note net neutrality will simply create another bureaucratic layer that can be exploited by big corporations and their lobbyists. Net neutrality is a terrible idea, and the only way to create a truly open & free internet is through deregulating the industry and allowing competition to thrive.

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