US Internet System Falling Behind Rest of Developed World

03/28/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up --- the US is falling behind other developed nations when it comes to broadband internet. And as our first guest today explains- it means that other countries have a competitive advantage over the US when it comes to transmitting information…..

But before we get to that- one listener comment about yesterday’s show. Yesterday we featured a retired diplomat who now lives in St. Petersburg who is organizing a conference for the public today and tomorrow on the USF campus on international issues. Here’s what one listener had to say. Tape

First up today—the US is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband internet service—our service is much more expensive and not as powerful as the rest of the country- in large part because government decisions have granted wired internet providers an essential monopoly. Our guest is Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and author of the new book CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age (Yale University)….I spoke with her yesterday.


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