Even adjusting for the grain of salt that is the financial ties between PRI and Verizon, this report is discouraging. The Ars Technica article does offer up a contravening opinion, even if it may be a bit more stale.
I’ve been interested in the subject since the I, Cringley piece that suggested that neighborhood or municipal fiber cooperatives may be one of the better ways to restore competition in the last mile. A lot of the network neutrality criticisms I’ve read lately suggest that improving choice in the link to the home would do much to use the market to keep the carriers more honest. There was a case, back in October where customers were able to do just that, proving that if the competitive option is there, it can be made to work.