The rhetoric and actions of the Republican-dominated FCC and Congress show that federal regulations that can be easily undone or ignored are not a long-term solution if we want to protect the open internet and consumer privacy.To preserve the open internet, there must be more broadband competition and more consumer choice. This goal is going to be accomplished through local- and state-level activism and entrepreneurship, not through federal regulations.
"In the case of ensuring net neutrality by ISPs, that means creating fertile ground for more competition"
Anticompetitive state-level legislation can be repealed, and new restrictions can be defeated
"Blackburn and the administration will do what AT&T and Comcast want, and I'm guessing it'll be a disaster"
New ISP Startups can help
Many new startup ISPs seem to be doing quite well, but it's expensive and difficult to compete with the entrenched monopolies: "There should be three Sonics in every state," Jasper said. "We find it viable, but in the end you've got to build it, and then you have to convince people to switch."Jasper says he believes that if the Trump administration kills net neutrality it will make founding an internet service provider more difficult because it will strengthen the general economic situation of big telecom. Without net neutrality, Comcast and others can "exploit a double-ended market" by requiring companies like Netflix to pay for prioritization and perhaps by charging consumers extra to access it (alternatively, Comcast can funnel its customers to its own video on demand offerings).
"Can we find 100 people to do what Ting and Sonic are doing? I'm not sure"