Susan Crawford’s Wilful Blindness to Broadband Competititon

by Mike Wendy on August 8, 2013

I’m on vacation here in Tampa, relaxing.  During this nice respite, I came across a USA Today article this morning, which – citing Susan Crawford’s myopic work – decries the sad state of broadband offerings here in America.

According to the article, Crawford blames big cable companies for the so-called lack of competition among U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs).  In her view, “big cable” has won the broadband wars; the others are just posers.  The result – broadband choice is basically nonexistent.

Sure, Susan.  Nonexistent.

The FCC in this area shows at least 8 different broadband providers, which include wired, wireless and satellite options (pictured just below).

Tampa Broadband Map

Direct marketing to this address shows that an incumbent wired provider – Verizon FiOS (along with Amazon.com) – is actively trying to get / switch customers from the other providers, including “big cable” provider, Bright House Cable (pictured below).

VZ4

And within a 3-mile radius, I discovered in just 30-minutes of driving evidence of Susan’s “lack of competition” among broadband providers as each serviced clients this morning (pictured below).

BrightHouse1

ATT

VZ1

BrightHouse2

VZ3

VZ2Boy, competition sure does stink, Susan.

Take off your blinders.

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Johnny Broadband September 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

WHAT COMPETITION!? 19 million Americans (and counting) can’t even get one provider.

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Johnny Broadband September 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Good for you Mike, you were able to snap a handful of photos of ISP’s from within the heart of the city of Tampa. Why don’t you take your camera a few miles outside a densely populated city to document all the fierce “competition” taking place there?

Oh yeah, and I get marketing adds all the time at my house too from Verizon and Time Warner Cable. Even though if I were to call them up and schedule an installation both companies will admit that they are unable to provide service to me or the 29 other homes within one mile of me.

Susan Crawford isn’t only referencing the city of Tampa Mike.

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