Captive audience
Susan P. Crawford

Captive audience

the telecom industry and monopoly power in the new gilded age

Published by Yale University Press in New Haven .
Written in English.

About the Book

From Yale University Press:
Ten years ago, the United States stood at the forefront of the Internet revolution. With some of the fastest speeds and lowest prices in the world for high-speed Internet access, the nation was poised to be the global leader in the new knowledge-based economy. Today that global competitive advantage has all but vanished because of a series of government decisions and resulting monopolies that have allowed dozens of countries, including Japan and South Korea, to pass us in both speed and price of broadband. This steady slide backward not only deprives consumers of vital services needed in a competitive employment and business market—it also threatens the economic future of the nation.

This important book by leading telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford explores why Americans are now paying much more but getting much less when it comes to high-speed Internet access. Using the 2011 merger between Comcast and NBC Universal as a lens, Crawford examines how we have created the biggest monopoly since the breakup of Standard Oil a century ago. In the clearest terms, this book explores how telecommunications monopolies have affected the daily lives of consumers and America's global economic standing.

Susan Crawford is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

From railroad to telephone
Regulatory pendulum : the long twilight struggle
A family company
Going vertical : lessons from AOL-Warner
Netflix, dead or alive
The peacock disappears
The programming battering ram
When cable met wireless
The biggest squeeze of all
Comcast's marathon
The FCC approves
The AT&T - T-Mobile deal
The costly gift.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
KF2765 .C73 2013

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