Cheap Broadband vs the ISPs in the US of A

Strange things apparently happening with broadband provision in the Land Of The Free – ISPs and monopoly interests buying legislation to prevent cheap local community wireless networks undercutting them [robot].

Interesting, isn’t it…? If market forces were the only factors at play here, the telcos and ISPs would be losing this battle. But instead, the market is self aware, and sufficiently successful companies can modify the environment in which they must operate. Time to ask again, if aliens arrived tomorrow, what would they consider to be the dominant life form on the planet? People? Cars? Or companies?

2 Responses to “Cheap Broadband vs the ISPs in the US of A”

  1. Luke
    April 14th, 2005 | 3:42 am

    …Which makes a mockery of much American posturing over capitalism. Apparently its ok to apply free-market economics to hopelessly inappropriate situations, such as critical public service provision, which leads to quality and safety being forgotten in the gold-rush. But it’s not alright for the market to regulate itself in situations where major companies might be fairly undercut, or more specifically when “people who give us money might lose money”.

    Capitalism is dubious enough as it is, but America has dirtied this water further by essentially constructing a corporate oligarchy for its government. Which is why Iraq and Afghanistan are first smashed up, and then get to be rebuilt in Red, White & Blue. Did someone say military-industrial complex?

  2. April 14th, 2005 | 7:32 am

    Another interesting take, though possibly getting a little too far into tinfoil-hat-land, is this, also found via Robot Wisdom.

    (Executive summary: US economy about to collapse, was the idea all along, US not special, it’s the new world order that matters.)

    Not completely sure I buy this: the broadband story is straightforward and is the kind of behaviour one would expect the system to exhibit; this latter story really requires that we believe there are people at the top steering things, which I still have trouble with – which is why I didn’t put it on the front page.