October 27, 2004 3:42 PM PDT

Watchdogs: Broadband policy a bust

Major consumer organizations said Tuesday that U.S. policies on broadband have pushed the country behind overseas nations and have helped widen inequality.

In a report released Tuesday, the Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America found that the big local phone companies and cable TV companies have increasing control of broadband business. The groups said the policies behind this trend have failed to provide benefits for consumers and do not create enough competition.

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