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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Times change
by dsmogor on Fri 27th Jul 2012 09:05 UTC
dsmogor
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2005-09-01

I remember when people angrily pointed out how one could have a month worth of unlimited broadband access for the mere cost of a few hamburgers in the US, while at the same time in my country, you could spend 0.5 of average wage on excessive dialup cost (to a monopoly telecom) your kids generated if you weren't carefull.
Broadband (Leased line was the only option) was out of reach.
Now one can easily choose from multitude of offers including LTE, cable and phone companies offering as little as $15 for 50mbit. Hell, you can get basic EDGE access for absolutely free! (no strings)
Funny thing is that only started to get better when regulators stepped, and quite offensively for that matter.
Times change indeed.

Edited 2012-07-27 09:06 UTC

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RE: Times change
by tanzam75 on Fri 27th Jul 2012 18:19 in reply to "Times change"
tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

I remember when people angrily pointed out how one could have a month worth of unlimited broadband access for the mere cost of a few hamburgers in the US, while at the same time in my country, you could spend 0.5 of average wage on excessive dialup cost (to a monopoly telecom) your kids generated if you weren't carefull.


Ironically, the poor state of Internet access in the dialup era happens to be one of the reasons that you have good broadband today. It gave your country a goal to surpass, an incentive to invest.

The US had an adequate broadband infrastructure for 2002. It skimped on investment over the next decade, and ended up with an uncompetitive infrastructure for 2012.

Other countries had pathetic broadband in 2002. So they invested a great deal and now have good broadband in 2012.

And it's not just broadband. Leapfrogging happens a lot in tech infrastructure. For example, China had a patchy telephone landline network, but it now has an excellent mobile network.

Edited 2012-07-27 18:24 UTC

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RE: Times change
by fretinator on Fri 27th Jul 2012 19:42 in reply to "Times change"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Funny thing is that only started to get better when regulators stepped, and quite offensively for that matter.

We don't need any of that kind of talk - the Job Creators will hear you!

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RE: Times change
by zima on Tue 31st Jul 2012 01:04 in reply to "Times change"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

you could spend 0.5 of average wage on excessive dialup cost (to a monopoly telecom) your kids generated if you weren't carefull

Well there were some methods at the time - chiefly neighbour LAN connected via shared SDI (for the rest of you: Home internet Solution from Ericsson, in practice a kind of ~100kbps DSL ...just with terminal connected via RS232, ugh)

Hell, you can get basic EDGE access for absolutely free! (no strings)

Do you refer to Aero2? Technically it's not EDGE, but 3G (and a "high" one, requiring advanced modems) - though yeah, limited to speeds not far above EDGE. Plus it will be available only for few years after achieving coverage goals, and from some point on only in LTE tech even. Plus, the operator paid very low price for the public spectrum which had those conditions of free access, so we kinda all paid for it that way. But yeah, still a nice idea.
Or is there something else that came up in the meantime, that I haven't heard about?

Funny thing is that only started to get better when regulators stepped, and quite offensively for that matter.

But there'll still be some in whose eyes govs can do only bad...

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