A handful of Internet providers could control the information superhighway in a few years -- just as a handful of ruthless trusts once controlled the rails.
“Above all else,” President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Congress in 1905, “we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms.”
Roosevelt could not have imagined digital computers and fiber-optic cables. He was talking about railroads, the highways of commerce in his day.
But though the technology has changed, the principle TR expressed remains as essential as it was a century ago. We ignore it at our peril.
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