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 henderson101 on Fri 25th Jan 2013 13:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: TL;DR"
henderson101
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Holy carp! 30Mb in the UK from Virgin Media (cable, fibre to the cabinet) is £22.50 a month, which is about US$36. And we tend to think *we* pay too much. You can actually get it cheaper if you take a phone line too (overall it costs more, but the broadband is reduced to around £15, plus about the same for the phone line.)

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