Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:57 UTC
Internet & Networking A free, new report from the New America Foundation compares cost, speed, and availabilty of internet connectivity in 22 cities around the world. The report concludes that U.S. consumers face comparatively high, rising connectivity costs, even while the majority have very limited choices -- often only one or two providers. The report argues that U.S. broadband policies need to change, otherwise consumer choice will continue to deteriorate.
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Times change
by dsmogor on Fri 27th Jul 2012 09:05 UTC
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I remember when people angrily pointed out how one could have a month worth of unlimited broadband access for the mere cost of a few hamburgers in the US, while at the same time in my country, you could spend 0.5 of average wage on excessive dialup cost (to a monopoly telecom) your kids generated if you weren't carefull.
Broadband (Leased line was the only option) was out of reach.
Now one can easily choose from multitude of offers including LTE, cable and phone companies offering as little as $15 for 50mbit. Hell, you can get basic EDGE access for absolutely free! (no strings)
Funny thing is that only started to get better when regulators stepped, and quite offensively for that matter.
Times change indeed.

Edited 2012-07-27 09:06 UTC

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