US Internet Users Are ‘Captive Audience’

Susan Crawford - photo by Bloomberg/Philip LewisIn partnership with Fordham University’s Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy, & EducationCopyright Clearance Center is pleased to present the latest installment of the Schwartz Center Broadcast series, introduced by Schwartz Center director Bill Baker, and presented by Evan Leatherwood, Associate Director for Communications.

Ten years ago, the U.S. led the world in the speed and inexpensive cost of Internet access, Baker notes.  To discuss why is Susan Crawford, technology policy expert; FellowThe Roosevelt Institute; Cardozo Law professor; former adviser to the Obama administration; and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Gilded Age.

 Captive Audience“Internet access is absolutely essential to life. It’s a utility. You need it. You can’t apply for a job, can’t get a first-rate education, can’t even start a business without it. But we treat it like a luxury,” Crawford tells Leatherwood.  “The rich are paying too much for Internet access, and it’s second-rate compared to what’s available around the world.  The poor often don’t have access.  So everybody’s being gouged, and it’s terrible for the country.”

Susan Crawford photo by Bloomberg/Philip Lewis


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