Spotlight: The not-so-open side of the Internet


Americans talk about net neutrality at the same time their broadband services are supplied by way of municipal- and state-mandated, fully-licensed service monopolies. In many communities across the country, especially rural areas, new and entrepreneurial ISPs struggle to gain a foothold, wrestling every step of the way against incumbent ISPs that drain their capital from them in court. Municipalities aren't willing to lend assistance to small businesses when their competitors are the ones lending more than a hand to the municipalities. Read this good example of real long-form journalism by Jon Brodkin, to learn the story of entrepreneurs searching for the opening into the "open Internet."