> They funded all these social networks
Did they? Citation needed.
> they keep people from starting new ISPs
The federal government doesn't. It's all local municipalities. The Federal (US) government actually has a huge fund for subsidizing small ISPs (called CAF or A-CAM). I worked on projects related to this formerly at an ISP.
> payment processors
Good. I want my money processed by a well controlled entity and not some idiot with a MySQL instance and some Python spaghetti.
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