End Game

Lessig, Lawrence
June 2000
New Republic;06/19/2000, Vol. 222 Issue 25, p16
Focuses on the effect of the approval given by the administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton to the acquisition of cable company MediaOne Inc. by AT&T Corp. on the basic architecture governing competition on the Internet. Inaction of the administration, the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department as cable companies design the next generation of the Internet on the model of the old telephone system; Belief of the government that if open-access is valuable to consumers, competition with providers of the other major broadband access method, digital subscriber lines will push cable companies to be open; Failure of the administration to create the original architecture of the Internet and to do something now that the architecture is corrupted and the innovation of the original Internet is threatened.


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