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Is the Internet a Maturing Market?

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IllustratIon by Darrel Rees

Two concerns dominate the current debates over U.S. Internet policy: the relatively low level of U.S. broadband adoption; and the debate over network neutrality. Interestingly, both may simply reflect the way innovation evolves as markets mature.

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Mark Reitblatt

It's not clear exactly what "market" you are discussing here. You begin by talking about broadband adoption and network neutrality, suggesting it's the ISP market. But then you use "industry leaders such as Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft" as examples. Wouldn't pointing to the intrusion of traditional ISPs into general media markets be a better example? I'm afraid that I don't understand in what precise sense you can treat the "Internet" as a single market.

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