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: While much of it is true
by zima on Thu 31st Jan 2013 23:45 UTC in reply to "While much of it is true"
zima
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places like Northern New Hampshire, Western Maine or the Dakota's where 33.6 dialup is a good day; you'd think the population density in such places was below 20 people per square mile or something.
What, you thought the places with the highest speed landlines corresponding to the highest population densities was a coincidence?

Low-density areas hardly influence the statistics ...they have not that many households in the first place.

BTW, most of Nordic countries have overall population density close to that 20 per square mile. They also tend to have nice internet access offers.

Edited 2013-01-31 23:50 UTC

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