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FCC Broadband Problem List Omits ‘No Competition,’ FCC Itself

The vast majority of the time, FCC policy presented to the public as being centered around creating competition, is really just the technological equivalent of giving Ma Bell a backrub. “Franchise reform” is one such example; the FCC insisted the revamped state-level franchise rules lobbied for by AT&T and Verizon would lower TV prices — but the real result was the erosion of local consumer protections, higher prices, and increased “cherry picking” of next-gen broadband deployment.