Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:57 UTC
Internet & Networking A free, new report from the New America Foundation compares cost, speed, and availabilty of internet connectivity in 22 cities around the world. The report concludes that U.S. consumers face comparatively high, rising connectivity costs, even while the majority have very limited choices -- often only one or two providers. The report argues that U.S. broadband policies need to change, otherwise consumer choice will continue to deteriorate.
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So true
by kateline on Fri 27th Jul 2012 06:33 UTC
kateline
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2011-05-19

This report is so true. The USA has some large rural areas (as opposed to central Europe, say), in which you'd expect only 1 or 2 ISP's. But even its urban areas lack choice of carrier. I'm in a large city and I've got all of two (Comcast and AT&T DSL).

We need true competition and customer choice, it's vital to our economy and future growth.

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RE: So true
by l3v1 on Fri 27th Jul 2012 08:21 in reply to "So true"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Agree +1. Where my relatives are in the US (and me, when I happen to be there) there are 3 options basically (at&t, verizon and cox), and each have ridiculously high prices compared to almost anywhere in Europe (let alone comparing the number of options to choose from), but not just that, it's also high if you look at what you get for the price. It's a joke really. But if you look at where they seem to be headed, it doesn't seem funny at all.

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