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).
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).
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).
Take off your blinders.