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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TL;DR
by Alfman on Thu 24th Jan 2013 15:41 UTC
Alfman
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We need a TL;DR version...

In every place I've ever lived (in the US) the broadband provider was an absolute monopoly. It's their way or plain dialup (I guess satellite is always an option, uck). Further out west they've got verizon fios in addition to optimum online, and in that market they fight over customers. I wish we had verizon fios here. Competition works, but only to the extent that it exists.

Edit: It seems the article focuses more on mobile.

Edited 2013-01-24 15:57 UTC

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