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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RE[2]: Well....
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 25th Jan 2013 20:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Well...."
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Canada's situation is pretty similar: Rogers for cable, Bell for DSL, and their various re-sellers (there's also Shaw, Telus and Cogeco, but they only operate regionally and often in areas Bell/Rogers don't bother with). There's no real competition between them; I've even had an acquaintance who works at Rogers admit that they have monthly meetings together, discussing what each other has planned and basically doing the same.


I've personally had terrible experiences with both companies, but at the moment I'd give a slight edge to Bell. The main one is that they're offering fiber-to-the-home - an actual upgrade to their services. Rogers seems to be actively downgrading their level of service, while milking their existing customer base as much as possible. (caps & throttling + price increases). I was also REALLY not impressed when I found out that Rogers uses different caps for different regions - in Ontario, I think it's 250GB, compared to a 75GB cap in Atlantic Canada (same monthly cost, though).

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