Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in by Susan P. Crawford

By Susan P. Crawford

Ten years in the past, the USA stood on the leading edge of the web revolution. With the various quickest speeds and lowest costs on the earth for high-speed web entry, the kingdom used to be poised to be the worldwide chief within the new knowledge-based economic climate. this day that worldwide aggressive virtue has all yet vanished as a result of a sequence of presidency judgements and ensuing monopolies that experience allowed dozens of nations, together with Japan and South Korea, to move us in either velocity and value of broadband. This regular slide backward not just deprives shoppers of important prone wanted in a aggressive employment and company market—it additionally threatens the commercial way forward for the nation.

This very important ebook by way of prime telecommunications coverage specialist Susan Crawford explores why american citizens are actually paying even more yet getting less by way of high-speed web entry. utilizing the 2011 merger among Comcast and NBC common as a lens, Crawford examines how we have now created the largest monopoly because the breakup of normal Oil a century in the past. within the clearest phrases, this publication explores how telecommunications monopolies have affected the day-by-day lives of customers and America's international financial status.

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