I saw Nick Turse on Moyers & Company yesterday. He manages TomDisptach.com a regular antidote to the mainstream media.
Susan Crawford appeared on Moyers & Company too. She is a proponent of internet service as a utility, modeled after electricity service, clean safe water, and the other amenities of daily life that are regulated by public utilities. She cited Lafayette, Louisiana as an example of the power a municipality may have to offer its citizens fiber optic network connection. Nearly all businesses handle initial written communication via the internet; job applications come immediately to mind. Students require internet access to achieve common standards in the classroom. US concerns developed internet technology; yet, the US is not the leader in internet accessibility for its population.
As Crawford asserts, “Congress created the FCC to make available to “all the people of the United States” a “rapid, efficient, Nation-wide” communications service “at reasonable charges.” But we have failed in that task when it comes to the basic communications need of our time: high-speed internet access. Reliable information access is central to every policy we care about, including education, health, and even national security.”