For some reason I’ve been fascinated with the concept of net neutrality for the past few weeks. I also like reading smart takes from smart people and this qualifies.
My proposal is fairly simple, and relies on a mix of civic organization and free market entrepreneurialism.
The goal is to break the current monopoly on ISP service held by local cable companies in most of America, force the local utility companies to act in the public’s best interest, and bring some competition to the ISP business to keep prices low and innovation high.
Here it is: Require that utility companies lease space on their poles to at least four ISPs, at cost (call it Pole Neutrality, or Open Leasing)