Pennsylvania state Sen. Mary Jo White complained to the commerce committee that a lack of competition has dissuaded Verizon Communications from selling fast, affordable Internet access to her constituents in rural western Pennsylvania. "I remain convinced that structural separation makes sense and is the only way to assure competitors nondiscriminatory access to customer's homes and businesses," she said.
But critics of regulation say customers would be left with more confusing and less reliable service if a breakup occurred. "It would wreak an absolutely massive amount of destruction on the telecommunications sector and the national economy," says Adam Thierer, director of telecom studies for the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute. "It would be gut-wrenching for consumers."