Conglomerate Control Puts U.S. Behind

Before I ready the article “American broadband infrastructure: A national embarrassment” by Sam Gustin, I was unaware that the United States lagged so far behind other countries in terms of broadband speed and coverage.  I knew that conglomeration was a big issue in the U.S., but it never occurred to me that consolidation directly impacted broadband use.  I don’t understand why the government isn’t pushing to pay for improved broadband speed and coverage.  I get that corporations want to monopolize companies to increase their profits, but doesn’t our government want to have a highly informed citizenry to compete on a global level.  Not only intellectually, but also commercially?  With faster Internet speed, business can advertise and sell their products at a quicker rate.  A new surge of innovation could rise, and the United States could increase employment by becoming an exporter instead of a massive importer.  Wishful thinking?  Maybe…

Also, without competition, what is to keep prices from becoming exorbitantly high for “crappy” service?  The Internet has become such a huge staple in many peoples’ lives that I’m sure people will feel compelled to pay the high prices.

In regards to net neutrality, if big business and the government gain the right to control what gets posted to the Internet and where it can be viewed, then the citizens of the U.S. are in big trouble.  The Internet will lose its standing as an open platform for uninhibited conversation, and instead, become a propagandistic tool for the wealthiest lobbyists.  It’s sickening.

Courtesy of "The Inquisitr"

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About Laura Murray

My name is Laura Murray and I am a senior Journalism major and politics minor at Ithaca College. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a reporter or a producer.
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