Cable's monopoly in data communications [telecom]

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If you do nothing else today, read this article in the Harvard Law
Review Journal: I got the link from the Cybertelecom-l mailing list.

Susan P. Crawford has written an article entitled "The Communications
Crisis in America", in which she eloguently debunks the myth of
competition in the transport of data to American consumers.

Here's just one memorable quote:

   The industry is poised to reap the central reward for geographical
   clustering, upgrades, and de facto monopoly presence -
   unconstrained pricing ability and an unmatched high-speed
   communications service in a marketplace where consumers are
   agitating for higherspeed communications and the cable companies
   are making north of 90% margins on their data services.

Bill Horne

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