Phone market dominance permits two-tier Internet, NSA data mining, other abuses

by Andy Oram

Back when the first NSA/Bush scandal broke in January, I pointed out that the concentration of the telephone industry into a few players made it easier for the administration to carry off its illegal, undercover operation. The same reasoning applies to the current revelations over NSA tracking of American telephone habits, as well as the current debate over the two-tier Internet (contrasted with what opponents call "network neutrality").