Regulatory policies that favor large telecoms and create artificially high broadband costs for businesses are hampering the spread of the cloud in the U.S. and could lead the nation to fall behind its peers in more competitive markets, according to commentator Andrew C. Oliver. "Poor laws and regulations have protected a duopoly in most areas of the country," Oliver writes. "You can buy Internet from the local cable monopoly or the local phone monopoly, period. Neither have much motivation to make it much faster nor any cheaper."

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