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Telecommunications: Technological and Regulatory Factors Affecting Consumer Choice of Internet Providers

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Government Accountability Office, Telecommunications: Technological and Regulatory Factors Affecting Consumer Choice of Internet Providers (GAO-01-93) (Oct. 12, 2000) (full-text).

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The degree of consumer choice among Internet providers has emerged as a key public policy issue. Because laws and regulations governing these different networks were generally tailored to the specific services each network originally supported, different types of communications providers are held to different rules when providing physical transport to the Internet. As a result of both technology and regulation, consumers using the telephone network as a way to access the Internet may have a choice of transport provider and generally have significant choice of Internet service provider (ISP). Consumers generally have broad access to Internet portals, applications, and content, either from their ISP or directly from the Internet itself, regardless of the transport provider or ISP they have chosen.

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