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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by henderson101 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 12:54 UTC
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UK you have 2 options: Cable (a monopoly) or BT (a monopoly provider, but many re-sellers.) With Cable, depending on area - and this does vary, you get Fibre Optic broadband, speeds up to 50mb/s. Might be higher now, but that was the speed last time I looked (actually, might be 100 now?) With BT (and all of their re-sellers, some of which do sell at a lower rate), you get ADSL up to 8mbs (if you are very lucky and live fairly close to the local exchange) and in a few areas Fibre. The BT advertising would have you believe they are the best option, but to be honest, their service is not very cheap. Cable can be okay, so we have a package that gives 20mbs, the best TV package without buying premium channels and a phone line. We pay something like £65 (so, what, US$100?) for that. Remembering that bundles on demand TV (which no one else in the UK can currently rival, as it comes on its own dedicated fibre connection to the STB, not over the connection everyone else in the house is using.) It's a fairly good deal, but I'm sure we pay too much. There's no usage cap, though they do shape the data at peak times. Having said that, I download GB's of data, connect to a work VPN all day long and stream Youtube and Netflix almost every day. The kids alone used over 16GB of data over Christmas streaming films and TV shows on Netflix.

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