It was fitting that former US senator John E. Sununu invoked Geoffrey Chaucer in his April 14 op-ed “Time to shake the copper habit,” which essentially advocated for less choice and higher prices for phone and broadband service. After all, Chaucer wrote of the Hundred Years’ War, while the policy changes Sununu advocates would bring about the return of the 100-year monopoly once enjoyed by the Bell telephone company system into the hands of AT&T and Verizon.
To justify his argument, Sununu points to the rise in cellphone use in the residential market. However, he ignores the rise in wire-dependent networks in the business market. New competition brought new networks that power the Voice over Internet Protocol, the cloud, and data security. These network advancements help businesses with multiple locations, such as restaurant chains and banks, stay connected.