We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the Internet Company.
When most Americans signup for highspeed internet, there aren’t a whole lot of choice. You might have at most two choices, a cable company like Comcast or a DSL line from the phone company.
So, why is that? Why are we so limited in our choices?
NPR’s Planet Money did an excellent report on a day in 2002 when the US went one way in regards to high speed internet, and the rest of the world went another way. NPR reporter Zoe Chace shows how the UK’s decision to make firms share their “pipes” led to a plethora of choices in internet providers, while the decision of the United States allowed firms to not share their pipes led to what we have now. Read (or listen) to the whole thing.
This all reminds me a certain comedy sketch from the 1970s…