This is an important point which needs to be discussed.
The U.S. Internet market is no longer competitive.
Two companies, Verizon and AT&T, control the vast bulk of the U.S. Internet backbone. In most areas only two companies, either of the above and a cable operator like Comcast, offer broadband services.
We can argue about why this is. We can argue about the motivation, whether it was natural or man-made. The fact is that a decade ago there were about 14,000 ISPs in the U.S., served by slick magazines such as Boardwatch. I don't know how many there are today. But for most of of it's only two.
This means you can't just "boycott" Comcast when it chooses to control what you do and not tell you about it. In many ways we're back to the days of the Bell System, only without the regulation which protected consumers but also slowed the pace of change.
It's monopoly which is now slowing the pace of change. The real speed offered to U.S. broadband customers hasn't really increased in a decade, despite enormous improvements in the cost and capability of equipment. Terms and conditions of use have deteriorated steadily.
It was to fight this that anti-trust laws were first passed, in the 1890s. The sponsor of the first such act, Republican Senator John Sherman (above), was the brother of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, of Civil War fame. This was not a radical or communist movement. This was a conservative and Republican movement.
It shows just how far we have gone in recent times that those who, like me, suggest anti-trust enforcement return to the Internet access space are called communist or socialist. I don't think those terms mean what these people think they mean.
Regardless, the answers for our present Internet problems, and the future health of the open source movement itself, may now rest beyond the market's ability to correct.
Oh, and don't tell me Google is going to ride to the rescue. They might. But three choices just gives you an oligopoly, what you might call a Coke-Pepsi monopoly, and a can of fizzy water costs $1.25 for a reason.