In response to the June 28 Perspectives column by Bartlett Cleland, ":"
Cleland is either naive or a fool. To imagine that broadband would have been deployed to the extent that it has over the last six years without the 1996 Telecommunications Act is stupid. The Baby Bells sat on DSL technology since the late 80's and showed absolutely no interest in its deployment until CLEC competition arrived in '96 and basically forced them to move their monopolistic backsides to follow suit. The regulations asked for by the act are the sole reason that millions of Americans can afford better, faster and cheaper Internet access.
To reinforce my point, look no further than Covad Communications, which only last week announced ADSL broadband for the price of $21.95 per month (for the first 4 months) and then $39.95 thereafter. This offer came just one week after Verizon Communications publicly stated that DSL prices are too cheap at $49.95 per month. I suggest you do some serious research into the subject of broadband next time before you again go off half-cocked and write article that most would consider very shallow indeed.
Looking forward to reading a more informed article from you next time.