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 " 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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In England, I used to pay £37.50 for a land line and 100Mbps cable broadband package when I lived in a mid-sized town. I now live in a medium-sized village of ~2000 people, and I pay £36.75 for a slightly slower package (land line and 76Mbps fibre-optic broadband). Both were effectively uncapped in terms of data.

Prices in England are quite low, though, and I don't know how representative they are of European prices - high-speed broadband in Norway is much costlier, for example.

Edited 2013-01-24 23:20 UTC

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