Today the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report, “Networked Nation: Broadband in America 2007,” that purported to show the success of Administration policies in bringing high-speed Internet to the U.S. The report is available here
The following is the statement of Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
“The NTIA report presents a distorted view of the state of broadband in the U.S. The Administration should not be boasting about our success at a time when consumers here pay more money for slower service with have fewer choices than do consumers in other parts of the world.
“Almost 97 percent of U.S. consumers have a choice only between their cable company and their telephone company. The Administration wiped out the policies that once upon a time allowed competition to flourish here and which now sustain the competition in other countries that consumers enjoy.
“The short-sighted policies cited by the NTIA have put our economic future at risk. The rosy picture the NTIA portrayed should have recognized that reality.”
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