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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Competition
by Casey99 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 16:12 UTC
Casey99
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It's not as simple as adding another company to the mix. I know several markets off the top of my head that have 4+ providers. The providers pretty much hold each other's hands and keep the prices high and the speeds slow. There is no competition unless one of the providers is actually willing to compete.

In my area, I'll admit I am lucky. I have service from a cooperative and they are the one and only company in the area. Yet they offer FTTH and speeds beyond that of any of the providers in the surrounding larger markets. They don't offer it because of competition. They offer it because they can, because it better serves their customers.

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