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Crawford Explains Network Neutrality on 99% Invisible

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2013 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/crawford-explains-network-neutrality-on-99-invisible/

The show was published over a year ago, but it holds up as a good explanation for both network neutrality and the danger of Comcast and other massive cable companies becoming too powerful. The popular podcast 99% Invisible interviewed Susan Crawford on the subject last November.

It is worth listening to and keeping as a reference for those who do not understand the threat. That said, I think the show oversimplifies the dynamic of high speed access — the big phone companies are not totally irrelevant, just mostly irrelevant when it comes to delivering faster, more reliable services. And this is not technological determinism so much as poor management choices and the pressure Wall Street puts on firms to harvest profits rather than investing for the future.