Susan Crawford comments on deregulation of the telecom industry:
- ‘Radicalized’ ex-Obama adviser blasts deregulation of telecom. By Andrew Feinberg, The Hill (05/21/12)
She said telephone service had long been considered, along with water and electricity, to be among the utilities that were extended to all based on a “collective responsibility” to ensure that everyone receives the benefits of modern society.
Crawford said that “basic network” of services should now include Internet access, but argued deregulation is undermining that goal by creating a consolidation in the cable and wireless industries that will limit choice and make it harder for people to afford services.
One-third of people in the United States still lack Internet access, Crawford said, which will hurt competitiveness at home and abroad.
Crawford is Visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a columnist for Bloomberg View and Wired. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy during 2009 and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations.