Net neutrality is important, but what about the provisions of this bill that allow incumbent cable operators like Comcast to simply tear up their existing franchise obligations? Having read the bill and talked to some folks on the ground, I'm pretty sure that it allows (for example) Comcast to simply walk away from Detroit neighborhoods it would rather not serve. Yes, I mean withdraw service from existing customers. Too many satellite dishes? Too few premium subscribers? Maintenance costs too high? Say bye-bye. Nothing the city (or state) can do about it.
This is in no way contingent on "competition" -- it's automatic for all cable providers within three months of the bill's effective date, even if they continue to be a community's sole provider.
I see this bill as the template for what we'll see in the Ohio General Assembly early in the next session -- and I see it as a license for Time-Warner and AT&T to redline a large chunk of Cleveland.
And speaking of Verizon's reputation, how do you suppose their 3.4 million customers in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan are going to react when they discover that they're all on the auction block -- because Verizon doesn't intend to do the fiber upgrades needed to keep them in the business plan?