why trust building the “first mile” of the Net to people who never wanted it in the first place, who have always felt threatened by it, who can imagine their customers as nothing other than “consumers” of one-way “content”, and who want to create scarcities and insert billing valves everywhere they can? Because they’re the only ones in a position to do it? That’s not a good enough reason. It’s also not true.
The phone and cable companies will be the only ones in a position to do it if we let them lobby that privilege into law. That’s their real agenda, and that’s the important story here. And it’s a lot bigger than Net Neutrality.