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Captive Audience

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1302
Captive Audience is the story of how consumers, let down by deregulatory government policies, are losing the fight for affordable, high-speed Internet access in America. Former Obama advisor, Susan Crawford, uses the 2011 merger between Comcast and NBCU as a framework to explore how deregulatory changes in policy have created a communications crisis in America. From smartphones and television programming to the cost of high-speed Internet access, Captive Audience illustrates that in the Internet era, very few companies control our information destiny. The consequences: Tens of millions of Americans are being left behind, people pay too much for too little Internet access, and speeds are slow. But everyday people can change this story - and what happens in the year ahead could change the game for good. This is the first IMAC brownbag of the semester. Pizza will be served! Crawfords book is the most important volume to be released in the last few years that describes the sad some might say embarrassing state of the U.S. telecommunications market. Reasonable people can and do disagree about policy solutions, but the facts are not in dispute. a vivid and eye-opening description of what ails Americas cable and telecom market, it should be required reading for anyone interested in tech policy. Sam Gustin, TIME