The FCC has moved to create a virtual duopoly in high-speed internet access, by deciding that local phone companies don’t have to let competing providers such as Earthlink offer service over phone lines.
So your choice will be between your phone company and your cable company, which no doubt will, over time, learn to do the collusive-pricing dance without actually running afoul of the antitrust laws. (Whatever happened to the idea of moving signals over electric-power lines?)
One more reason to support municipal WiFi.
Author: Mark Kleiman
Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out.
Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken)
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist
Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993)
Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989)
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