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2013: Welcome to the universal Internet


Ten years ago the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started deregulating incumbent local exchange companies’ (ILECs’) broadband services. Shorn of jargon, that meant the telephone and cable companies were free to offer newer, faster Internet broadband services. The FCC  expected this move to bring tens of billions of dollars into residential broadband. It did. What they didn’t expect was Netflix, iPads, or Google Glass.

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