Tag Archives: Monopoly

The Internet as a Publicly-Provided Utility?

The Internet as a Publicly-Provided Utility?
Susan Crawford, Former Special Assistant to President Obama on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, talks to Ezra Klein about how the internet is too important to be left to the private market. Ezra: Why do we need a public option for internet access? Susan: We need a public option for internet access because internet access is just like electricity or a road grid. This is something that the private market doesn't provide left to its ... Read more

Comcast Merger Threatens Our Democracy as Much as Our Pocketbooks

Comcast Merger Threatens Our Democracy as Much as Our Pocketbooks
Much business news is pretty opaque to many citizens. Terms like leveraged buyouts, puts, and calla seem to be the stuff of expert financiers or con artists. Nonetheless, the media have recently reported a story that hits home for many. Number one Cable and broadcast conglomerate Comcast proposes to purchase number two Time Warner. The economic case against this transaction is overwhelming. But so too is the political case. And not ... Read more

A Have and Have-Nots Internet

A Have and Have-Nots Internet
Over the past few years, a great deal of attention has been paid in the press to net neutrality’s potential collapse. Much of the analysis, however, has focused on its importance for maintaining anticompetitive business practices and the need to create a level playing field online for small businesses and Silicon Valley “disrupters.” What has received far less attention are the ways in which the destruction of net neutrality will add to ... Read more