Here are the symptoms of an anti-competitive broadband market:
- Just one provider of a necessary broadband service to nearly every business in a geographic market. These monopoly providers have used their control of that market to get rid of competition.
- Monopoly access providers charge exorbitant prices for transmitting voice and data traffic at the expense of growth and innovation. Their customers can’t go anywhere else: the more these consumers and businesses need broadband access, the more the monopoly provider makes.
- The monopoly provider receives billions of dollars in overcharges from customers and direct competitors. And they will do anything to maintain the status quo.
- Monopoly providers use their power and influence to make sure that any remaining rules and regulations only benefit them and disadvantage their competitors.