FYI, DSL line bandwidth is determined by the distance between your home and the DSLAM--so it doesn't matter who your ISP is--they'll all equally suck.
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Like a good american, Im highly suspicious of giving govt power.
so now that ISP's can't charge heavy bandwith services a fee, who is going to pay for infrastructure upgrades to maintain a workable internet? as **** like streaming becomes more ubiquitous, bandwith needs will skyrocket. this of course will require infrastructure,
Now you and I will pay it. HOOORAY!
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Cable Companies are the telecom companies. Its all the same thing. Furthermore, as you say, the backbone was a partnership, with private money, corporations providing the majority of the funds, technology and labor. The NSF did the paperwork. And this was all back in the early 90s. The current backbone which we use was built and run by telecoms/cablecoms.