Toshiro Sugihara

Toshiro Sugihara is an intern with the American Prospect. He will be a senior at Harvard University this fall.

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Narrowing Broadband

For supporters of competition in broadband Internet service, the hammer finally fell on August 5. Led by Chairman Kevin Martin, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously decreed that phone companies will have the power to exclude independent providers of digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet service from using their networks. This decision bestows complete control over DSL access to a handful of telecommunications giants. It comes in an industry already struggling to maintain a competitive atmosphere, as these companies (BellSouth, SBC, Verizon, and Qwest) dominate more than 83 percent of the market. Not coincidentally, each company is also a client of telecom lobbying firm Wiley Rein & Fielding, where Chairman Martin was a lobbyist prior to stints working for Kenneth Starr and then the Bush administration. DSL service allows users to access the Internet over traditional phone lines at rates up to 30 times faster than dial-up service. It takes advantage of the fact...