From: "Miguel Dominguez" <>
To: <>
Date: Mon, Jul 3, 2006 7:31 AM
Subject: No more monopolies!

I don't think the government should be posing strict regulations on what anybody should be able to do with the Internet. There is a far more powerful way to combat multi-tiered Internet, and that is capitalism. The problem is many places are under the control of one ISP. Naturally, these monopolies leads to high prices and poor service. Governments need to encourage multiple Internet Service Providers to be in the same cities.

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.