By Howie Hawkins
There are serious problems with Internet policy in the United States that are the predictable outcome of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) consistently placing corporate interests above the public interest. The FCC reports that 21.3 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed broadband. This is because profit, not public service, rules the FCC and the telecom industry. The price of the Internet is too high everywhere and big companies don’t want to invest in rural areas or poor urban areas while preventing communities from deploying their own alternatives. Rural areas have small and dispersed populations, which lowers profit, and poor urban communities cannot afford telecom services. As a result, these communities remain underserved . . .
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