The internet is fucked (but we can fix it)

Flowery language aside, this seems to be where we're heading:

In a perfect storm of corporate greed and broken government, the internet has gone from vibrant center of the new economy to burgeoning tool of economic control. Where America once had Rockefeller and Carnegie, it now has Comcast’s Brian Roberts, AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, and Verizon’s Lowell McAdam, robber barons for a new age of infrastructure monopoly built on fiber optics and kitty GIFs.

Fewer and fewer companies own more and more of the content, or communication lines across which that content flows, or both. The U.S. is already notorious amongst industrialized nations for its relatively low competition in this area. That the FCC, the one government regulator, tasked with watching out for consumers' interests in the communications industry, keeps mumbling about what it's going to do, is worrisome.