From: "Miguel Dominguez" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Governments need to take action to make sure that there is competition in every city. We have options. We can give ISP's tax breaks for being in a city where other providers exist. Also, we can support community Internet solutions (i.e. preventing legislation making community networks illegal from passing.)
We are ranked 16th in the world in high-speed Internet subscriptions. Japan, Korea, Sweden pass us by not only in the number of people who have high-speed, or "broadband" subscriptions, but in the overall quality of the service. Our services are anywhere from 1 to 5 percent of the speeds in these other countries. It's these monopolies that are holding things back. As a capitalist country, we should take action to pursue competition, not just within Internet Service Providers in our borders, but across the entire world.