"Scientific American might be a bit late to the
controversy over line-sharing and broadband competition in the US,
but the magazine today released a sharp (and unfortunately short)
editorial intent on making up for lost time. Called "Why Broadband
Service in the US is so Awful," the piece argues that ISPs need to
open their networks to third-party competitors. As for politicians
who don't see things this way, they "have aligned themselves with
large Internet providers such as AT&T and Comcast that stand to
suffer when their local monopolies are broken."
"The editorial appears in the October 2010 issue of the magazine
and showed up online today. It breaks no new ground, instead citing
the "recent" FCC-commissioned report from Harvard's Berkman Center,
the one arguing that most developed countries have more broadband
competition thanks to their line-sharing rules."
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