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 Alfman on Thu 24th Jan 2013 17:15 UTC in reply to "RE: TL;DR"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Casey99,

A brother in law has FIOS, and the difference is largely due to taxes. Someone explain this logic to me, verizon customers have to pay $20+ in taxes whereas optimum online customers don't. I realise that technically verizon are classified as a telco (sales taxes) where as cable companies are not. But these days both of them offer THE EXACT SAME SERVICES (TV, Phone, Internet). It just seems like the law is playing favouritism to me.

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