Sascha Meinrath, an award-winning scholar now at the University of Illinois‘ Institute of Communications Research, offers a review of, and endorsement, of the $200 Billion Broadband Scandal today. It is cross-posted at his blog and re-posted here with permission.
I was lucky enough to be able to look over an advance copy of Bruce Kushnick’s new book, "The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal" — it’s a powerful critique documenting the trail of broken promises and misinformation perpetrated by many broadband service providers in order to get favorable treatment, special dispensation, and competition-free access to residents across the United States. One of the most damning indictments, that United States residents have already paid for upgrades to our existing broadband infrastructure — being charged for services never delivered — and not a small amount either, but actually to the tune of $200,000,000,000. When you break it down, that’s roughly a $2,000 refund for every household that’s due for contractual obligations never fulfilled.