How America’s internet connectivity issues are holding the country back

Professor Susan Crawford, Harvard Law School Professor, explains how the Internet connectivity problems and the corroded infrastructure in the United States can be resolved and how the country can be resolved. Verge Editor Nilay Patel discusses Huawei's scandal, the role of politicians in improving broadband Internet, and her new textile: the upcoming technology revolution and why the US might miss it. .

You can now hear about The Vergecast discussing the infrastructure of the US Internet. Here are excerpts from a lightly edited interview.

Nilay Patel: The last time I talked to you was the same as in 2007. The net neutrality was the height of the battle. You wrote a book about Comcast and NBC. "I would be very happy that Comcast wrote this book because it would be a great help for my business." Your whole approach was to become a monopoly and vertically integrate content. And you say 12 years later, 10 years, business is good and you really do not have to invest anymore.

Susan Crawford: In fact, capital expenditure has declined over the years. . They spent money. They just want to absorb the network and increase the number of premium services they charge. They have no incentive to extend their route. And they do not have the incentive to upgrade to fiber optics. What is happening is that they can leave very rural areas and cities, leaving poor people in that city and leaving the rural areas completely. So we are suffering from this country due to the intense digital gap.

One is between the countryside and the city. It is pretty well documented. Another well-known one is between the poor and the rich in America. One of the most frightening of all that is happening in the climate change era and all over the world is that our relevance as a nation is threatened because we have not taken this issue as a leadership. NP:

NP: If you look at the industry right now, every telecommunications company is trying to be a good fit and it starts to become a contact company.

SC: Yes.

NP: AT & T bought Time Warner, Comcast, and NBC are massive. By the way, Comcast is an investor in Vox Media and we fund here what we do. But they are not a big problem because they do not love me. I am sure of you, they are not bigger fans than me.

SC: Oh, and by the way, there is no customer or consulting preparation, so you can clearly see that point.

NP: Well, you are cleaner than me. My point is, it's a deal, a few years ago, you wrote about it and said it was a pioneer of things to come.

SC: That's right.

NP: But there are some failures here. It's just a challenge for you. . As a result, Verizon strived to be a content company and failed miserably in many ways. T-Mobile acquired a TV company on the third floor. This is their TV, and there is a partnership to do some other silly streaming work. Sprint does not do that. The charter and spectrum do not do that. Why are these great people succeeding in this way, and are not they so prevalent? It is usually the pushback I get. SC:

The most important part of this story is actually the access network part.

SC: The most important part of this story is actually the access network part. So take a closer look at what Verizon is doing. They have withdrawn from fixed-line investment because 5G plans to become a fully integrated, fully-controlled provider of premium high-end fixed wireless services. You can also choose which services will survive on the platform. That's the point of 5G. All Internet protocols we fell in love do not work in the 5G world.

This is a completely controlled version of Verizon. It allows you to sell high premium, smart city services. They will get a lot of money in the subway area. And you can pick the wealthy people who want broadband access in the city. In fact, Verizon has plans to become a real powerhouse in 5G in the metro area and keep it wireless to earn more money from existing assets.

NP: ] The amount of 5G drug addiction that exists in the world was read yesterday. The story I said is a fake idea that everyone expresses their feelings like an ink smudge test.

SC

Absolutely.

NP: This was a room full of marketers I'm talking about. They all nodded in favor of some sort. "Yes, I can," but the 6H protocol will be built on top of our current Internet infrastructure, allowing more service discrimination.

SC: Oh, of course. That is the point. In fact, I have seen a presentation in Korea where it is unfortunate that Korean telecom would actually be commercialized as a dump pipe from the slogan of market domination. They have other people making money into infrastructure, and 5G allows such control.

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