Meanwhile, the cost per megabit of data transmission is the lowest it's ever been, at least until tomorrow, when it will be still lower. Transmission costs will continue to plunge until we run into the limit of bandwidth available over a strand of fiber. We haven't found that yet, and we won't for quite some time. Upgrading networks to support higher bandwidth services does not require digging trenches and running new fiber anymore -- it just requires new hardware at either end of the existing fiber. But even that seems to be too much for the big ISPs.
And yet, the FCC is well on its way to capitulating and letting the fox run the henhouse, and the threat of that already is causing fallout. One FCC commissioner has called for a delay on the new rules, and it seems that all we can do is hope for the best, try to educate our friends as to what's at stake, and shake our heads in disgust over how we wound up this far down the creek, seemingly without a paddle.
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