Here are nine minutes well spent with Susan Crawford, formerly President Obama’s Special Assistant for Science Technology and Innovation Policy, who’s just written a book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Gilded Age. Two points in this interview stood out, at least for me. First, Internet providers are being treated the way that power companies were once treated — as independent monopolies with vast power, free to set prices and determine service levels in the areas they control. Just as those power monopolies were brought under control by government regulation, the Comcasts and Time-Warners of the world need a good dose of regulation so we aren’t stuck with a second- or third-world Internet infrastructure. Second, she’s given up on Congress and is looking to mayors to set the standard for dealing with Internet monopolists by installing community fiber.
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