Bloomberg: ‘U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service’

Susan Crawford, reporting for Bloomberg:

Also in 2011, six Time Warner lobbyists persuaded the North Carolina legislature to pass a “level playing field” bill making it impossible for cities in that state to create their own high-speed Internet access networks. Time Warner, which reported $26 billion in revenue in 2010, donated more than $6.3 million to North Carolina politicians over four years. Eighteen other states have laws that make it extremely difficult or impossible for cities to provide this service to their residents.

“Level playing field” — George Orwell must be proud.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013