This was made clear to me recently by Ronald Baron Yokubaitis, who has been fighting (unsuccessfully) on behalf of competition for a decade.
Innovation lost or gone abroad, is one of our talking points when we make the rounds in Austin or Washington. Name one innovative new Internet business started by a Bell or Cable Co.? Skype? Fon? Correro.de? NIH (not invented here).
The kids now growing up in Asia and the EU on 20-100Mbps,
and even some on Gig-E, WILL interact in this broadband frontier and create
the new applications that we Americans will be using, not NIH. While our
1-4 Mbps asymmetrical leftovers from IPTV's 16-18 Mbps will look like
dial up in three years.
We need our wide open "Wild West" of open Internet to get back in the game, rather than the "Back East" regime foisted on us that we fled. Internet Application Providers are global and stateless and might as well start acting that way. Which State (s) environment provides the better platform to operate? U.S? Netherlands? Hong Kong? You can't ignore the US, but it is losing in importance. Innovation driven off shore.