A far-ranging and highly informative discussion of some critical issues concerning the broadband industry in the US was presented on The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC (the local NPR radio affiliate in New York City). The show’s host, Brian Lehrer, interviewed David Sirota, who is a columnist for The International Business Times. The topics they covered included:
- The pending merger of Comcast and Time Warner
- The service call to Comcast that went viral two weeks ago when someone tried to disconnect broadband service the company
- The current developments and regulation affecting faster and cheaper web access in Tennessee and how this might affect potentially similar offerings in New York
- Key issues concerning net neutrality
I highly recommend listening to this 23 minute podcast of this segment of the show entitled Will Fast, Cheap Internet Ever Come to New York? to help put these issues into a very timely and well-informed perspective.
On a multitude of many other topics, I also strongly recommend listening to The Brian Lehrer Show either on the air on WNYC in the New York metro area or online each weekday from 10 am to 12 noon EST. Each of the the show’s half dozen or so segments are quickly posted following the daily broadcasts and are available on the link to the show’s web page above. He is a truly remarkable interviewer with a deep and wide understanding of today’s issues, who has his guests and the audience members (live by phone and likewise participating via the show’s message board, Twitter and Facebook), discussing a range of local, national and global social and political issues, and topics concerning such areas as the media, work, health, the economy and so on.