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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My situation in Belgium: DSL with 25184 kbps down, 2048 kbps up, no limit, but fair use policy for 40€ a month, that includes the telephone. Without telephone it would be 30€. That isn't the cheapest solution now, but service is good (in my case).

There are multiple providers for DSL, but it also depends a little bit on where you live. It is also important you have a good quality fysical connection, so most 'old' houses have a much reduced speed.
Cable is more expensive and mostly faster, but for some people with a low quality telephone connection the only option if you want fast internet.

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