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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RE: Times change
by zima on Tue 31st Jul 2012 01:04 UTC in reply to "Times change"
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you could spend 0.5 of average wage on excessive dialup cost (to a monopoly telecom) your kids generated if you weren't carefull

Well there were some methods at the time - chiefly neighbour LAN connected via shared SDI (for the rest of you: Home internet Solution from Ericsson, in practice a kind of ~100kbps DSL ...just with terminal connected via RS232, ugh)

Hell, you can get basic EDGE access for absolutely free! (no strings)

Do you refer to Aero2? Technically it's not EDGE, but 3G (and a "high" one, requiring advanced modems) - though yeah, limited to speeds not far above EDGE. Plus it will be available only for few years after achieving coverage goals, and from some point on only in LTE tech even. Plus, the operator paid very low price for the public spectrum which had those conditions of free access, so we kinda all paid for it that way. But yeah, still a nice idea.
Or is there something else that came up in the meantime, that I haven't heard about?

Funny thing is that only started to get better when regulators stepped, and quite offensively for that matter.

But there'll still be some in whose eyes govs can do only bad...

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