Hearing #1 On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century - Sept. 13-14 at Georgetown University Law Center #FTC-2018-0074-D-0005

Submission Number:
FTC-2018-0074-D-0005
Commenter:
Jim O'Leary
State:
Colorado
Initiative Name:
Hearing #1 On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century - Sept. 13-14 at Georgetown University Law Center
The conceit that "market forces" are sufficient to rein in excessive fees and monopolistic control from incumbent ISPs in the US is laughable, if not litigable. Compare virtually any section of the official map of broadband internet provider coverage in the US with locally available broadband services, and you will find vast discrepancies between claimed and actual ISP coverage and broadband throughput. ISPs are lying to us, and are getting away with it, thanks to the FCC. ISP monopolies and duopolies have put the US at a competitive disadvantage, compared with third world countries. Continuing to accede to non-stop demands from monopolistic ISPs like Comcast for more market control will only put the US deeper in the hole. It's way past time to put policies in place that serve the interests of US businesses and consumers.