Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 24th Jan 2013 10:12 UTC
Internet & Networking In the past, OS News has discussed how U.S. broadband access lags many other countries in terms of cost, speed, and availability. Now, this detailed report from the New America Foundation tells why. It all comes down to a lack of competition among the carriers, which can be traced back to the days when cable companies were granted local monopolies. The report argues that "...data caps... are hardly a necessity. Rather, they are motivated by a desire to further increase revenues from existing subscribers and protect legacy services such as cable television from competing Internet services." The report's conclusion: don't expect improvements without legislative action.
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What a surprise
by bile on Thu 24th Jan 2013 12:34 UTC
bile
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"It all comes down to a lack of competition among the carriers, which can be traced back to the days when cable companies were granted local monopolies."

So using force to grant artificial monopolies to firms externalizes costs and leads to fewer, larger, less agile, less interested in customer demand firms?

Who would have thought?

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