Speaker Ryan isn’t exactly correct in his assessment that the internet is free and open. There are too many barriers to new entrants, and therefore little opportunity for a truly free market to develop. I am not supportive of most government over-regulation, but this is one area where the federal government needs to either reduce the barriers to new entrants, thereby giving consumers real choice in how they access the internet, or provide a very basic level of regulation. Many of the ISPs who have established their dominance in a market have benefited from prior policies that essentially subsidized costs. In return, I don’t believe it’s un-republican to ask that ISPs who have benefited from local, state and federal subsidies provide a basic level of access for all customers.